“Polyglot Encounters” series with Brepols Publishers

General editors:

  • Dr Laetitia Sansonetti, Université Paris Nanterre (lsansone@parisnanterre.fr)
  • Prof. Ladan Niayesh, Université de Paris (niayesh@univ-paris-diderot.fr)

Series rationale:

The aim of this series is to investigate polyglot practices in early modern English literary texts by crossing perspectives in a transdisciplinary approach so as to analyse how an English linguistic, but also social and political, and more generally cultural, identity is built by means of contact and interaction with other languages, through borrowings and translations.

“Polyglot encounters” can find their way into print as multilingual texts (parallel-column editions or monolingual texts with a significant proportion of non-English words), or as single-language texts translated from one or several sources, sometimes via an intermediate translation in a third language. The material conditions of production and circulation are thus crucial in delineating national and transnational communities of authors and readers.

Particular attention will be paid to the uses of polyglossia in relation to defining identity and to the interplay between multilingual practices and translation. The marginal linguistic position of England and the English language within Europe can be gauged when English texts are read against the classics they translate or imitate and the Continental texts which they seek to emulate, but also when the capacity of the English language to welcome and assimilate other languages is tested by non-European languages. One of the specificities of the series will thus be to locate the English language and literature in a network of languages that can be classical or vernacular – Romance, Germanic, or even extra-European.

Editorial board:

  • Marie-Alice BELLE (Université de Montréal, Canada)
  • John GALLAGHER (University of Leeds, UK)
  • Jane GROGAN (University College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Ton HOENSELAARS (Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands)
  • Sarah KNIGHT (University of Leicester, UK)
  • Sophie LEMERCIER-GODDARD (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France)
  • Jean-Christophe MAYER (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique / Institut de Recherche sur la Renaissance, l’Âge Classique et les Lumières, Montpellier, France)
  • Anne-Marie MILLER-BLAISE (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, France)
  • Nigel SMITH (Princeton University, USA)