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The French Origins and Cultural Reception of the Romanian Translation of Henry David Thoreau's Walden (2015-2016)

Field of study: American Literature in Translation, Romanian Cultural Studies

This paper outlines the impressive circulation of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden (1854) at the beginning of the twentieth century in Europe. In particular, the paper deals with the topic of translation from another translation and analyzes the French, German, Russian, and Bulgarian sources of the Romanian translation of Walden in order to offer a better understanding of the circulation of literary
texts, of their impact on national literary histories, and of their global influence.

Keywords: American literature, Henry David Thoreau, Walden, literature in translation.

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