Translation and the Spanish Empire in the Americas

Roberto A. Valdeón | Universidad de Oviedo/University of Massachusetts Amherst
ISBN 9789027258533 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
ISBN 9789027269409 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
Two are the starting points of this book. On the one hand, the use of Doña Marina/La Malinche as a symbol of the violation of the Americas by the Spanish conquerors as well as a metaphor of her treason to the Mexican people. On the other, the role of the translations of Bartolomé de las Casas’s Brevísima relación de la destrucción de las Indias in the creation and expansion of the Spanish Black Legend. The author aims to go beyond them by considering the role of translators and interpreters during the early colonial period in Spanish America and by looking at the translations of the Spanish chronicles as instrumental in the promotion of other European empires. The book discusses literary, religious and administrative documents and engages in a dialogue with other disciplines that can provide a more nuanced view of the role of translation, and of the mediators, during the controversial encounter/clash between Europeans and Amerindians.
[Benjamins Translation Library, 113]  2014.  xii, 272 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This book is an original chronicle of translation in the Spanish Empire, the result of huge documentation. No one before had given such a comprehensive overview of translation history in Latin America, paving the way at the same time for more analytical and interpretative works. Thanks to the analysis of translated texts, it also gives a brand new vision of the relations between European rivals. The book I would have liked to have written!”
“A necessary, groundbreaking and full-length study which raises key questions on the importance of the role of the translator during the conquest of the Americas, forcing the reader to reflect on sensitive issues concerning the practice and ethics of translation. Through a perceptive and detailed analysis, the book presents an outstanding and well-researched response to traditional perspectives on the subject. By addressing the intersections between translation, histor(y)/(ies) and asymmetrical powers, this book will be a touchstone for future research in postcolonial studies.”
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Translation & Interpreting Studies

Translation Studies
BIC Subject: CFP – Translation & interpretation
BISAC Subject: LAN023000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Translating & Interpreting
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ONIX 3.0
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