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A Harmony of the Spirits: Translation and the Language of by Patrick M. Erben

By Patrick M. Erben

In early Pennsylvania, translation served as a utopian software growing concord throughout linguistic, spiritual, and ethnic modifications. Patrick Erben demanding situations the long-standing historic myth--first promulgated by means of Benjamin Franklin--that language range posed a chance to communal coherence. He deftly strains the pansophist and Neoplatonist philosophies of eu reformers that trained the novel English and German Protestants who based the "holy experiment." Their trust in hidden but continual hyperlinks among human language and the be aware of God impelled their imaginative and prescient of a standard non secular idiom. Translation grew to become the quest for underlying correspondences among various human expressions of the divine and served as a version for reconciliation and inclusiveness.
Drawing on German and English archival resources, Erben examines iconic translations that engendered group in colonial Pennsylvania, together with William Penn's translingual promotional literature, Francis Daniel Pastorius's multilingual poetics, Ephrata's "angelic" making a song and transcendent calligraphy, the Moravians' polyglot missions, and the typical language of soreness for peace between Quakers, Pietists, and Mennonites. via revealing a paranormal quest for cohesion, Erben offers a compelling counternarrative to monolingualism and Enlightenment empiricism in eighteenth-century America.

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