How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.
This book examines the activities of a network of nineteenth century intellectuals in Britain who were engaged in the rendering of German texts into English. It establishes a series of cultural implications of the process of translation in an inter-and intra-lingual context and explores cross-currents between translation and gender studies, art history, philology, historiography and travel writing.