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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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(p.233) Conclusions
Nature Translated

Alison E. Martin

Edinburgh University Press

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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