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January 25, 2012

Winter 2012 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Timothy Billings


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Timothy Billings, Professor of English and American Literatures, Middlebury College

Translating Matteo Ricci’s Jiaoyou lun

February 14, 2012
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

In 1595 Matteo Ricci composed the first work to be written in Chinese by a European, a treatise on friendship in the classical style which instantly attracted the attention of discerning Chinese literati. This talk discusses the nature of the text and various challenges and insights that arose in the process of preparing its first English edition.

Timothy Billings is a specialist in early modern literary and cultural exchange with China. He is the translator of Matteo Ricci's On Friendship: One Hundred Maxims for a Chinese Prince (Columbia UP, 2009) and the co-translator of Victor Segalen's collection of French and Chinese poetry, Stèles (Wesleyan UP, 2007), which was awarded the Modern Language Association’s Aldo and Jean Scaglione Prize for Best Translation of a Literary Work. He is Professor of English at Middlebury College where he teaches early modern English literature, world literature, and Chinese poetry.

Posted by zzhu at January 25, 2012 01:09 PM