Volume 2: Travel narratives and linguistic otherness (in preparation)

ed. by Chloë Houston, Sophie Lemercier-Goddard and Ladan Niayesh, in preparation

As exploration and overseas migration steadily grew over the period from 1550 to 1660, Britain slowly established itself as a global and Atlantic power and its citizens became “cosmopolitans” (see Alison Games, The Web of Empire. English Cosmopolitans in an Age of Expansion, 1560-1660, OUP 2008). Geographic mobility encouraged multilingual practices and polyglossia: travel reports often relied on earlier translations, displayed multilingual exchanges between explorers, mariners and “others”, and were themselves translated into vernaculars that circulated widely in Europe. This volume will explore the uses, forms and functions of polyglossia in early modern English travel writing as well as in Renaissance travel drama. The contributions will examine the staging of multilingual practices in travel plays and travel writing, as well as linguistic hybridity or pluralism, and questions of pronunciation (including accents).