Janet Hendrickson: Translating Treasure of the Castilian or Spanish Language

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A contemporary of Cervantes, Sebastián de Covarrubias wrote his encyclopedic dictionary Treasure of the Castilian or Spanish Language to explore the heterogeneous origins of words and their hidden connections to the moral, transcendental, and everyday meanings of the world. In her experimental translation, Janet Hendrickson dives deep into this influential, pre-Enlightenment text to cull a coherent, poetic selection of Covarrubias’s pioneering work. Join us as Hendrickson reads excerpts from the book and chronicles her journey through the translation.

Facilitator: Professor Mandy Gutmann-Gonzalez, Department of English

Co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities; the Department of English; and the Spanish Program at Clark University

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