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Anne E. B. Coldiron
Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL 32306-0001)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2010 – 12/31/2010

Printers Without Borders: Translation, Transnationalism, and Early English Print Culture

Printers Without Borders studies translation, printing, & transnationalism in Renaissance England's media revolution. After Caxton's press, both kinds of textual transformation-- translation & printing--developed English literary nationhood, as is well known, but this project shows that the combined efforts of printers-translators helped new English readers see themselves as part of a wider world. From the first book printed in English, a translated Arabic wisdom text (1477), to an octolingual broadside celebrating the Armada (1588), this project reveals how new technology & translations forged a crucially foreign English literary culture. Project expands current thinking on the links between nationhood & literature; highlights collaborative, synergistic work of 16th-century printers & translators. Learning how texts move between languages & media--between whole systems of literary production, distribution, & reception-- we can better understand what separates cultures & what they share.