Approaching Petrarch’s Trionfi: Paratexts in the Early Modern Scottish Translations

  • Alessandra Petrina
Part of the Early Modern Literature in History book series (EMLH)


In this essay, Alessandra Petrina explores two early modern Scottish translations of Petrarch’s Trionfi, one manuscript and the other printed. Concentrating on the prefaces and dedications penned by William Fowler and Anna Hume, respectively, she shows how these paratexts underline the connections between the work’s elevated matter, the respective dedicatees’ aristocratic status, and the circle of intended readers. However, they also frame the conceptual complexity of Petrarch’s thought and signal the translators’ appropriation of his poem in a process of ‘transrecreation’ that draws him into an emerging Scottish canon of international works.

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  • Alessandra Petrina
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  1. 1.Università degli Studi di PadovaPadovaItaly

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