Since its origins, the economic science has been a subject of public discussion and public enlightenment. It has spread across frontiers as the language of public opinion. The international circulation of economic ideas was fostered by translations of economic texts. These were performed both as individual initiatives and as part of more systematic publishing ventures such as specialised series of economic texts, digests, handbooks, etc. In order to fully understand the economic texts of the past it is very important to underline the linguistic aspects. Every economic text of the past has indeed been translated from the original language into other European languages in a specific way, using specific terms that reflect the historical and political context of the period. A linguistic analysis of the different translations made is therefore necessary to fully understand the history of economic thought. Equally important is to reconstruct the social, isntitutional and intellectual context of translations, in order to understand the reasons that inspired such ventures, the public at which they were aimed and how they were adapted to the new circumstances. The book collects a series of case studies conducted by historians of economics, linguists and historians of literature who have actively participated in the LLP/Erasmus Multilateral Project “EE-T. Economics e-Translations into and from European Languages, An Online Platform”, 2011-2013, coordinated by the University of Pisa. The originality of these contributions consists in the fact that scholars from different disciplines have worked jointly for two years, crossing the traditional boundaries of their respective fields of study and learning from each other how to appreciate the wealth of information that an economic translation is able to convey.
With contributions from: Fabrizio Bientinesi (University of Pisa), Giulia Bianchi(University of Pisa), Elena Carpi (University of Pisa), Marco Cini (University of Pisa), Carolina Flinz (University of Pisa), Alessandra Ghezzani (University of Pisa), Daniela Giaconi (University of Pisa), Antonella Leoncini Bartoli (La Sapienza University of Rome), Cristina Guccione (University of Palermo), Matteo Lefèvre (University of Rome Tor Vergata), Monica Lupetti (University of Pisa), Marco E.L. Guidi (University of Pisa).
Biografia degli autori
Marco Guidi is a professor at the University of Pisa, where he teaches History of Economic Thought of Economic Ethics. His main research interests focus on the relationship between utilitarian ethics of economics in a perspective of the history of ideas and the phenomena of institutionalization and dissemination of political economy in Italy and Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He recently co-edited with Massimo M. Augello volume The Economic Reader: Textbooks, Manuals and the Dissemination of the Economic Sciences During the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries, Routledge, London, 2012.
Elena Carpi insegna lingua spagnola all’Università di Pisa., dove si occupa del discorso specializzato in prospettiva diacronica e sincronica: Luis de Alcalá. El Tractado de los Préstamos que passan entre mercaderes y tractantes y por consiguiente de los logros, cambios, compras adelantadas y ventas al fiado, 2011; Lengua e ideología: huellas polifónicas en los preámbulos de la legislación turística española, 2011. Cambio semántico y discurso filosófico en el siglo XVIII: los conceptos de idea e imaginación, 2012. Léxico e ideología en la traducción italiana de la Theórica y Práctica de Comercio y de Marina de Gerónimo de Uztáriz 2014.