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Translation And The Migration Of Texts

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This chapter is devoted to a major trans-national movement, the migration of text. Certainly migrant populations spread knowledge of their own favourite texts, and created demand for a literature of instruction, especially dictionaries, to aid their integration into their new environments. There is no doubt that the Reformation created major new markets for translated theological and controversial texts. The appearance of the Amadis translation seems to have been both carefully prepared and eagerly awaited. A large part of the success of the Amadis lay in Herberay's success in preparing the text for a French audience. What made de Herberay unusual among sixteenth century authors and translators was that he freely acknowledged that he had made changes to the text in his prologue. The investigations pursued in the chapter have demonstrated that even in the era of the strident Reformation polemic the barricades and borders established were porous and permeable.

Keywords: Amadis translation; De Herberay; migrant populations; migration of texts; Reformation



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