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Title: Translation Theory in the Age of Louis XIV
Subtitle: The 1683 De optimo genere interpretandi (On the best kind of translating) of Pierre-Daniel Huet (1630-1721)
Edited By: James Albert DeLater
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Translation Theory in the Age of Louis XIV
The 1683 De optimo genere interpretandi (On the best kind of translating) of Pierre-Daniel Huet (1630-1721)

Introduction, English Translation, Notes and Commentaries, and Translation Text James Albert DeLater

Preeminent in a relatively rare category of separate early modern treatises on translation, the 1683 De optimo genere interpretandi by the polymath cleric Pierre-Daniel Huet (1630-1721) offers a concise introduction to its nature, history, theory, process and practice.

Written in the form of a Ciceronian dialogue, On the best kind of translating not only represents Huet's acute and witty defence of the often disparaged literal or word for word model, but also provides illuminating glimpses into the critical and interpretive methods of his age. A guiding premise of this first modern edition and annotated translation of Huet's entire treatise is that, now as then, translation theory and practice are complementaries. Consistent also with this premise is the conscious attempt by DeLater to apply Huet's literal translation model at every stage in the process of producing this annotated translation of his treatise. Among the topics treated in Huet's work are: (1) a definition of translation and its relationship to interpretation; (2) adaptation of translation aims and methods to the subject matter of the original; (3) the translating and glossing of idioms, proverbs, metaphors, puns and ambiguities; (4) translators' priorities, from sense and words to the elusive quality that makes a translation seem an original work; and (5) translation as an independent theoretical discipline. In addition to providing an introduction to Huet's life and works as well as explanatory glosses for his copious sources and various topics in the DOGI, the present work also supplies links between Huet's work and that of current theorists and critics in the field of translation studies.

James Albert DeLater received a PhD from the University of Washington (1997), where he studied English, comparative literature and translation. He has worked as a technical and medical translator, and taught at Portland State University, Oregon, and Saint Paul's College, Virginia. He currently teaches at Hillsdale College, Michigan.

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: St. Jerome Publishing Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): Translation
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 190065055X
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Pages: 260
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