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A Woman Translator Of Montaigne. Appreciation And Appropriation In Maria Heyns's Bloemhof Der Doorluchtige Voorbeelden (1647)

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Maria Heyns’s Bloemhof der doorluchtige voorbeelden, published in 1647, presents the reader with something of an enigma. Maria Heyns died in 1647, the year of the book’s publication, another question arises: was the text published actually a finished work, or could it more usefully be considered as work in progress? What could Maria Heyns’s intentions have been in translating Montaigne, and did she actually realize them in the work she left behind? This chapter argues that providing an answer to these questions is essential to interpreting Maria Heyns’s treatment of Montaigne in her Bloemhof. Author suspects that Maria Heyns’s translation was conditioned not only by aesthetic motives but also by her own position in the literary field during the Dutch Republic’s Golden Century–not least of all, her position as a woman writer–and that understanding this position can shed light on the modifications she introduced in her version of Montaigne’s text.

Keywords: Bloemhof Der Doorluchtige Voorbeelden; Maria Heyns; Montaigne; translation; woman writer

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