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Nature TranslatedAlexander von Humboldt's Works in Nineteenth-Century Britain$
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Alison E. Martin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474439329

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439329.001.0001

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Conclusions

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Nature Translated
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Alison E. Martin

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439329.003.0008

The conclusion reflects more generally on gendered identity in scientific translation and specifically on the role of women in redefining the British scientific community at mid-century. Humboldt’s collaboration with his female translators undoubtedly cast him in a favourable light, advertising his readiness to collaborate with women on the international transmission of his work. This study therefore revises the notion of Humboldtian writing as male-oriented and ambiguously homoerotic and disputes the suggestion that he showed a disregard, even dislike, for women. By examining the British translations of Humboldt’s works as multi-vocal and multi-authored texts, rather than viewing them simply as ‘transparent’ documents, it therefore explores in a very immediate way the complex business of transforming his complex scientific ideas and images into a different language, culture, and society.

Keywords:   Alexander von Humboldt, 19th-century British Science, 19th-century Scientific Publishing, 20th-century Scientific Publishing, Gender and Translation, Scientific Translation

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