Publication, Réka Forrai, "Hostili praedo ditetur lingua latina: Conceptual Narratives of Translation in the Latin Middle Ages"
New open access publication by Réka Forrai in the journal Medieval Worlds
CML associate professor Réka Forrai has published the open access article "Hostili praedo ditetur lingua latina: Conceptual Narratives of Translation in the Latin Middle Ages" in the journal Medieval Worlds.
This article is an experiment: it attempts to look at medieval Latin translation practices through the lenses of a modern sociological theory of narrative. It argues that topoi found in translation prefaces are key elements of narratives that explain why the act of translation is necessary at all. The article identifies three such narratives, and elaborates in particular on one of them, which describes translation with the help of bellic metaphors.