Vernacular Translators in Quattrocento Italy
Arts Hall, Level 1
Emeritus Professor Brian Richardson, Leeds University, will launch Dr Andrea Rizzi's book, Vernacular Translators in Quattrocento Italy. They will discuss the role of the early modern translator within literary culture in Italy during the 15th century, and how humanist translators went about convincing readers of the value of their work in disseminating knowledge that would otherwise be inaccessible to many.
The translators studied in this book include not only the well-known 'superstars' such as Leonardo Bruni, but also little-known and indeed obscure writers from throughout the Italian peninsula. The book has wide implications: it traces a novel history of the use of the Italian language alongside Latin in a period when high culture was bilingual. It also sheds further light on the topic of Renaissance self-fashioning, and on the workings of the patronage system, which has been studied far less in literary history than in art history. The book gives emphasis to the concept that the creation and the circulation of translations (along with other literary activities) were collaborative activities, involving dedicatees, friends and scribes, among others.
The book will be available to order or purchase on the night.
Dr Andrea Rizzi, Australian Research Council Future Fellow
Dr Andrea Rizzi
Australian Research Council Future Fellow
The University of Melbourne
Andrea Rizzi is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (20142018) at the University of Melbourne. A former Fellow at The Villa I Tatti, he has published on vernacular translators in early Renaissance Italy, courtly culture in Ferrara and Mantua, and Italian translators at the court of Elizabeth I.
Professor Emeritus Brian Richardson, Emeritus Professor of Italian Language
Professor Emeritus Brian Richardson
Emeritus Professor of Italian Language
University of Leeds
Brian held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship from 2005 to 2008, working on the circulation of literature in Renaissance society with particular reference to manuscripts and the spoken or sung word. In 2009 he was coinvestigator in a Workshops project, supported by the AHRC, on Scribal Culture in Italy, 14501650. Brian gave the Panizzi lectures for 2012 at the British Library on the topic of Women, Books and Communities in Renaissance Italy (podcasts and slides here). In 201115 he was principal investigator of a project, funded by the European Research Council, entitled Oral Culture, Manuscript and Print in Early Modern Italy, 14501700. He was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2003.