Translating Travel: Contemporary Italian Travel Writing in English Translation (Studies in European Cultural Transition)
- Publish Date: 2001-12-28
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Loredana Polezzi
Translating Travel examines the relationship between travel writing and translation, asking what happens when books travel beyond the narrow confines of one genre, one literary system and one culture. The volume takes as its starting point the marginal position of contemporary Italian travel writing in the Italian literary system, and proposes a comparative reading of originals and translations designed to highlight the varying reception of texts in different cultures. Two main themes in the book are the affinity between the representations produced by travel and the practices of translation, and the complex links between travel writing and genres such as ethnography, journalism, autobiography and fiction. Individual chapters are devoted to Italian travellers' accounts of Tibet and their English translations; the hybridization of journalism and travel writing in the works of Oriana Fallaci; Italo Calvino's sublimation of travel writing in the stylized fiction of Le citt invisibili; and the complex network of literary references which marked the reception of Claudio Magris's Danubio in different cultures.