Translating Recipes 5: Fluid Translation 1

By Carla Nappi [This is the first post in a two-part series on Fluid Translation. For the second post, check back tomorrow!] Welcome back to the “Translating Recipes” series! For the next two posts, we’ll continue to think about the relationship between translation, recipes, and storytelling. In previous posts we’ve done that by considering what … Continue reading Translating Recipes 5: Fluid Translation 1

Testing Drugs and Trying Cures Workshop Summary

By Ashley Buchanan and Tillman Taape What did it mean to test a drug or try a cure in the early modern world? This was the central question for a group of scholars who gathered for a workshop at Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Germany.  Since recipes emerged as one of the … Continue reading Testing Drugs and Trying Cures Workshop Summary

Translating Recipes 4: The Girl, the Scorpion, and the Doctor

By Carla Nappi Hi there! In my previous post, I described an experiment in translating a Manchu medical recipe into a fairy tale. This is the second half of that discussion. What you have below, similar to what we did in Part 1: Narrating Qing Bodies and Part 2: A Drama of Butter and Pearls, is … Continue reading Translating Recipes 4: The Girl, the Scorpion, and the Doctor

Translating Recipes 3: Fairy Tale Drugs

By Carla Nappi Hello again! When last we met, I was telling you about a recent and ongoing experiment in translating Manchu-language medical recipes into different storytelling forms as a way to get at the narrative power of drug texts and their formulae. If you don’t recall that, take a moment to check out the … Continue reading Translating Recipes 3: Fairy Tale Drugs