Sixteenth Century Studies Conference
Bruges, August 18-20, 2016
Roundtable: The Art of Translating Utopia
Moreana Panel 5: Translating Utopia into Modern Languages
This panel explores a number of topics raised by the translation of Utopia into modern languages. Three languages are concerned here with their corresponding interests: Slovenian, French and Brazilian Portuguese.
The first paper by Lilijana Žnidaršič Golec (Archives of the Republic of Slovenia and University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) focuses on the evolution of the reception and interpretation of Utopia in Slovenia from its first appearance in 1643, to its first Slovenian translation in 1958, to its second translation in 2015. The analysis is based on the various prefaces and commentaries accompanying the work, and looks at the historical and religious causes that have led a number by Slovenes to finally treat the (non)utopian character of Utopia.
"Slovenian Translations and Interpretations of Thomas More's Utopia"
The second presentation, by Marie-Claire Phélippeau (Moreana Editor, France) will explore the evolution of the French translations of Utopia over the last two centuries through a comparison of five different translations, from 1842, to 2012. An analysis of prefaces, use of paratext, and a comparison of a few passages (notably the De servis section), should reveal the evolution of the method and the intentions of translators of Utopia.
"A Comparison of Five French Translations of Utopia"
The third paper, entitled “Figures of sound in Utopia”, will be delivered by Ana Cláudia Romano Ribeiro (Universidade Federal de São Paulo), who has just translated Thomas More’s Utopia into Brazilian Portuguese. One aspect that struck the translator was the consistent presence of figures of sound, all along books I and II, but rarely found in the translated versions. Yet, they carry a force chantante (as Valéry would put it) and are part of a wider combination between ratio and eloquentia, which the presenter will try to explain and translate.
"Figures of sound in Utopia"