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RESCHEDULED From Romance to Romance: Translating Medieval and Early Modern Romance Vernacular Texts (13th-18th c.) – Day 1

Thursday, Nov 18, 2021 @ 8:15 AM - Friday, Nov 19, 2021 @ 5:30 PM
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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RESCHEDULED go to new page https://cmrs.ucla.edu/event/from-romance-to-romance-1/ 

In the past decades, there have been many studies devoted to aspects of medieval translation. For example, the conferences on The Medieval Translator, and the series of collective monographs resulting from them, illustrate the wealth of approaches that have shed light on this important topic.

Clearly, the act of translating from one language into another was crucial in medieval culture. As an intellectual practice, translation finds its origins in the methods of Latin rhetoric, which fostered all sorts of rewritings from Quintilian through Late Antiquity. In the Middle Ages, translating became a technical skill, requiring skills that presupposed specialized training. This comes as no surprise, considering the importance of the task entrusted to translators: in the scientific field, they were to assimilate ancient works in order to provide scholars and readers with texts that had been unavailable in the West during the central Middle Ages. Translators also moved texts from their original clerical and student readership to a new one, different in terms of intellectual sophistication, social background, and geographic setting–a less examined variant of translatio studii.

From the 13th century onwards, one observes a new trend in medieval practices of translation.   “Vertical” translations from the literate to the less literate (i.e., from Latin to the vernacular) were still numerous at that point, but an increasingly large audience (often of lay and semi-literate readers) ordered books translated from one vernacular to another vernacular.  Literature is probably the first field to be touched by this phenomenon: French epics and romances were translated throughout Europe (into English, German, Norse, etc.). In the later Middle Ages, religious treatises in French were also translated into other vernaculars. Such topics, and the issues they raise in the linguistic areas of Western Europe (Scandinavia, the British Isles, the Dutch and German speaking areas, and France), have often been addressed, and they are still current topics of  research. In contrast, the circulation of vernacular works via translations from one Romance language to another is something of a blind spot.

This issue deserves further focused investigation that will allow us to understand better how Romance languages and cultures were interconnected during a (very) “long fifteenth century,” that is, from the 13th to the 19th century. Hence this conference seeks a better understanding of this topic, thanks to the gathering of specialists in Romance cultures. The focus will be on Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Occitan, Italian languages, Ladino, and French.

Sponsored by UCLA Department of Spanish & Portuguese, UCLA CMRS, UCLA Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies, and Sorbonne Université.

Organized by John Dagenais (Professor, UCLA Department of Spanish & Portuguese), Roxanna Colón-Cosme (Doctoral Candidate, UCLA Department of Spanish & Portuguese), Tania Varela (Doctoral Candidate, UCLA Department of Spanish & Portuguese), and Laura Muñoz (Faculty Fellow, UCLA Department of Spanish & Portuguese).

8:15 AM Welcoming Remarks
9:00 SESSION I: CATALAN | John Dagenais, Chair
Laura Baldacchino (École doctorale IV-ENS, Sorbonne Université)
Traducción y tradición textual: las variantes del Libro de las donas de Francesc Eiximenis en el siglo XV
Hélène Biu (UFR de Langue Française, Sorbonne Université)
The two medieval translations of the Arbre des batailles by Honorat Bovet in Catalan
Aina Soley Mateu (Department of Spanish & Portuguese, UCLA)
Three Catalan Translations of the Memorial of Angela de Foligno
Géraldine Veysseyre (UFR Langue Française, Sorbonne Université)
An unusual template for a Middle French Life of Christ: La Vida de Jesu de Francesc Eiximenis, anonymously translated into the French De Vita Christi
Flor Maria Bango de la Campa (Universidad de Oviedo)
Los avatares de una traducción: El Libro de las propiedades de las cosas de Bartolomé Ánglico
Sara Gil Sáiz (École Doctorale IV, Sorbonne Université)
Hugo de Urriés: traducción e interpretación de los Hechos y dichos memorables de Valerio Máximo
Javier Patiño Loira (Department of Spanish & Portuguese, UCLA)
A translator’s persona and his audience: Alonso Ordóñez’s translation of Aristotle’s Poetics from Latin and Italian intermediaries (1626)
12:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00 SESSION III: Dante and Boccaccio
Paola Cifarelli (Departamento de Estudios Humanísticos de la Universidad de Turín)
‘Au milieu du chemin de la vie presente’: the first French translation of Dante’s Inferno
Cinthia María Hamlin (CONICET, Buenos Aires)
Praxis ecdótica y traducción: el caso del Infierno de Fernández de Villegas
Marta Marfany (Departamento de traducción y ciencias del lenguaje, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
Middle Ages, great verses. From Dante to Alain Chartier: Catalan and other Romance translations
Nora Viet (Département de Lettres Modernes, Université Clermont Auvergne, France)
Conveying Boccaccio’s gold into French. Stylistic aspects of Antoine Le Maçon’s translation of the Decameron [Paris, 1545]
3:30 SESSION IV: Troubadors/Lyric Poetry | Raphaëlle Burns, Chair
Alexa Barger (Department of French & Francophone Studies, UCLA)
From Troubadour/Trobairitz to Troubarello: Proto-Félibresses and Temporal Translation
Laure-Anne Caraty (École Doctorale V, Sorbonne Université)
The translations of Medieval Occitan in the 18th century at the Académie des Inscriptions: study of the translations about the poems of troubadours and the Boecis made by Jean-Baptiste de la Curne de Sainte-Palaye and Jean Lebeuf
Laura Muñoz (Department of Spanish & Portuguese, UCLA)
Malmaridadas y mal casadas: Echoes of Vernacular Lyric Poetry in Works by Guillén de Castro

 Day 2 schedule for Friday, November 19, 2021.


Thursday, Nov 18, 2021 @ 8:15 AM
Friday, Nov 19, 2021 @ 5:30 PM


Royce Hall Room 306
10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States


UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese