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Radical Translations

The Transfer of Revolutionary Culture between Britain, France and Italy (1789-1815)

The transnational circulation of radical ideas of equality and rights has deeply shaped European societies since the revolutionary period. This AHRC-funded project repositions revolutionary translators not as passive collaborators of a predominantly French revolutionary culture but as activists seeking to spread radical, democratic ideas into new contexts. Who were the militant translators? How did they translate? What can these translations tell us about how a transnational revolutionary idiom was adapted, resisted or rejected in the effort to create new political tools for action?

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Who were the radical translators? What did they translate? When and how did translation serve as a tool for direct action? Explore our database to find bibliographical information on 800 radicalising translations and prosopographical information on 475 translators, ranging from well-known revolutionaries to lesser-known radicals to anonymous or pseudonymous translators.

Translator’s paratexts are also searchable as separate records. Extensively annotated, these paratexts offer unparalleled insight into how translation performs the work of cultural transfer.

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Keep up to date with the project team's activities and collaborations, guest features, and ongoing reflections. Look out for the Lives in Translation series for more on key protagonists and developing case studies.

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Learn more about upcoming talks and conferences, and our collaborative initiatives that seek to translate revolutionary language into the present.

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Find out more about who we are, our project's aims and research methods and developing case-studies.

Read more about our innovative collaborations with translators, performers and members of the public as we seek to bring this rich vein of revolutionary activity back to life. How is our relation to revolutionary ideas mediated by translation even today?

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