Theuerdank Translation Awarded Honorable Mention for MLA Scaglione Prize

Translated by Jonathan Green (University of North Dakota) and edited by Howard Louthan (CAS Director)
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Above: Theuerdank (Routledge Press, publisher)

Jonathan Green, Instructor of Languages at the University of North Dakota, received an honorable mention for his translation of Theuerdank: The Illustrated Epic of a Renaissance Knight, published by Routledge. 

The translation, edited by Howard Louthan (Center for Austrian Studies Director; Professor of History at the University of Minnesota), received one of two honorable mentions for the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Literary Work. The other honorable mention was given to Andrew Fitzsimons, Professor of
English at Gakushuin University, Tokyo, for Bashō: The Complete Haiku of Matsuo Bashō, published by the University of California Press.

This year's award went to Oksana Maksymchuk, visiting lecturer for English at the University of Chicago, and Max Rosochinsky, of Chicago, Illinois, for their translation of Marianna Kiyanovska’s The Voices of Babyn Yar, published by Harvard University Press.

The citation for Green's honorable mention: 

"In his translation, Jonathan Green daringly and convincingly presents Emperor Maximilian’s 1517 narrative poem Theuerdank—about a knight who must overcome myriad moral obstacles to reach his beloved Princess Ehrenrich—as a protographic novel. It is an especially rich edition, with reproductions of more than one hundred intricate woodcuts and with many supporting materials (maps, chronology, a key to the characters and narrative, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading). Only in Green’s meticulous and pioneeringly readable prose version of the Early New High German poem does “the greatest German book of the Renaissance” come alive as a work that can be compared with Machiavelli’s Prince or Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso."

The Center for Austrian Studies wishes to congratulate Dr. Green and the other winners and honorees for their important contributions to literary translation! 

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