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The Bilingual Muse: Self-Translation among Russian Poets

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posted on 30.01.2021, 18:33 by Wanner, Adrian
The Bilingual Muse analyzes the work of seven Russian poets who translated their own poems into English, French, German, or Italian. Investigating the parallel versions of self-translated poetic texts by Vladimir Nabokov, Joseph Brodsky, Andrey Gritsman, Katia Kapovich, Marina Tsvetaeva, Wassily Kandinsky, and Elizaveta Kul’man, Adrian Wanner considers how verbal creativity functions in different languages, the conundrum of translation, and the vagaries of bilingual identities. Wanner argues that the perceived marginality of self-translation stems from a romantic privileging of the mother tongue and the original text. The unprecedented recent dispersion of Russian speakers over three continents has led to the emergence of a new generation of diasporic Russians who provide a more receptive milieu for multilingual creativity. The book will be of interest to scholars in Russian literature, comparative literature, applied linguistics, translation studies, and the rapidly developing field of self-translation studies.

Funding

Penn State as part of the TOME initiative

History

Publication date

2020

ISBN (Print - Cloth)

9780810141247

ISBN (Print - Paper)

9780810141230

ISBN (PDF)

9780810141254

ISBN (EPUB)

9780810141254

Imprint Name

Studies in Russian Literature and Theory

Publisher Name

Northwestern University Press

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