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Novel TranslationsThe European Novel and the German Book, 1680-1730$
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Bethany Wiggin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801476808

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801476808.001.0001

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1696: Bringing the Roman to Market

1696: Bringing the Roman to Market

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Novel Translations

Bethany Wiggin

Cornell University Press

This chapter pivots around the pseudonymic authorial signature “Talander” and a series of events tied to that name all drawn from 1696. That year was laced with novel events, typical of a decade when the French novel, liberal translations, loose adaptations, and creative imitations were stock-in-trade in a market for fiction that extended across the continent. By the 1690s, original novels and their vernacular translations had created a lively market for fiction. From London to Leipzig, readers across Europe could pick up the same popular titles at the same time. In 1696 the European novel was alive and kicking, born in translation, a child of the transnational commerce of the book. Across state lines, the wide world shrank to fit the new genre's covers.

Keywords:   Talander, French novel, vernacular translations, transnational commerce, European novel, fiction market

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