Department of Germanic Studies

Lecture: Luciana Villas Bôas, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rhetoric by Proxy: Colonial Translators and the Historical Semantics of Empire

Tue, February 15, 2011 | Burdine Hall 337

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Colonial Translators...
Colonial Translators...

Luciana Villas Bôas from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro will give a lecture on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 3:30, in BUR 337, on "Rhetoric by Proxy: Colonial Translators and the Historical Semantics of Empire." One of the topics that her talk will cover, Professor Villas Bôas will discuss the two German soldiers, Hans Staden (c.1525 - c.1579) and Ulrich Schmidel (1510 - 1579), who both spent extensive amounts of time exploring what is Brazil today.


Here is a brief description of the lecture on Professor Villas Bôas' flier:

Drawing on the ancient tradition of the body-metaphor for representing the kingdom and its ruling state, the Portuguese word língua (tongue) emerges in the sixteenth century to designate colonial translators overseas. While many studies were dedicated to the interplay between anatomical and political imagery, few have tackled its imprint on particular lexica and discursive contexts. Based upon a variety of sources related to colonial experiences in Brazil, including Hans Staden's and Ulrich Schmidel's narratives, I establish a nexus between the historical semantics of the word língua and different models of colonial rule.

She will be conducting research at the Department of Germanic Studies until February 18, 2011.

Sponsored by: The University of Texas at Austin; The Department of Germanic Studies

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