Chantal Phan: Thurs. 3 November 2011
28 October 2011 Comments Off on Chantal Phan: Thurs. 3 November 2011
Chantal Phan (Dept. of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies, University of British Columbia):
Translating Annihilation: Observations on Medieval French, Italian and English Versions of Marguerite Porete’s ‘Mirouer des simples ames anienties’
Marguerite Porete’s pseudo-dramatic work of apophatic theology, known as the ‘Mirouer des simples ames anienties’ (‘Mirror of Simple, Annihilated Souls’), aims to discuss the annihilation of the self, in French, at a time when the French language was undergoing major changes in the structures of negation. This made translation of this text quite a challenge. In this talk, some fundamental and stylistic differences between the Medieval French, English and Italian versions will be discussed.