Translating and Adapting Petrarch (Proposed Collection of Essays)

deadline for submissions: 
June 20, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Sorbonne Nouvelle/ Sorbonne Paris Cité Universities and partners

Call for Articles : Translating and Adapting Petrarch (Proposed Collection of Essays)



Following up on a study day that took place February 19, 2016, the research team devoted to Translating and Adapting the Sonnet (Sorbonne Nouvelle/ Sorbonne Paris Cité Universities and international partners) is seeking essays to complement a proposed collection of essays devoted to Translating and adapting Petrarch in Europe. The programme of our initial study day, which featured talks and readings by poets Jacques Roubaud, Tim Atkins and Jeff Hilson, may be viewed here :


For the remainder of the volume, we are mainly seeking studies of Petrarch’s Canzoniere in translation or adaptationbut are also willing to consider translations of the rest of Petrarch’s œuvre, especially if they are recent.


Essays might address the following topics, although we would consider other proposals as well:


  • Translating or adapting Petrarch in the early modern era : histories of translations of the Canzoniere, translation (Marot, Howard...) vs. imitation (Du Bellay,  Constable...) or adaptation (Wyatt)
  • Intersemiotic/intermedial adaptations : portraits of Petrarch, iconography for the Trionfi, musical adaptations of the Canzoniere (Liszt, Eliott Carter...) 
  • Translating or adapting Petrarch in the 20th Century – cultural studies or translation studies approaches, the influence of translations on the reception of the Canzoniere, translation and adaptation of Petrarch’s Latin works (De Vita solitaria, Epistolae...)
  • Petrarch and 21st century poets : Yves Bonnefoy, Jacques Roubaud, Tim Atkins, Peter Hughes, John Fuller, Andrea Zanzotto, etc


Proposed contributions must be in English. Young and early-career researchers are welcome to submit abstracts for consideration.


Please send abstracts (500 words max.) of proposed papers to by June 20, 2016. Abstracts should by accompanied by a short biographical note and should be sent in two formats for peer review : one in .docx format and one as an anonymous .pdf  document. Queries are also welcome.