Contexts, Subtexts and Pretexts: Literary Translation in Eastern Europe and Russia

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Brian James Baer
John Benjamins Publishing, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 332 pages
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This volume presents Eastern Europe and Russia as a distinctive translation zone, despite significant internal differences in language, religion and history. The persistence of large multilingual empires, which produced bilingual and even polyglot readers, the shared experience of "belated modernity and the longstanding practice of repressive censorship produced an incredibly vibrant, profoundly politicized, and highly visible culture of translation throughout the region as a whole. The individual contributors to this volume examine diverse manifestations of this shared translation culture from the Romantic Age to the present day, revealing literary translation to be at times an embarrassing reminder of the region s cultural marginalization and reliance on the West and at other times a mode of resistance and a metaphor for cultural supercession. This volume demonstrates the relevance of this region to the current scholarship on alternative translation traditions and exposes some of the Western assumptions that have left the region underrepresented in the field of Translation Studies."

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Notes on contributors
Shifting contexts
Nation and translation
Vasilii Zhukovskii as translator and the protean Russian nation
Romania as Europes translator
The poetics and politics of Joseph Brodsky as a Russian poettranslator
Squandered opportunities
Meaningful absences
Translated by Goblin
No text is an island
Russian dystopia in exile
Between cosmopolitanism and hermeticism

Translating India constructing self
The water of life
Translation trouble
Between the lines
Translation theory and cold war politics
The other polysystem
Translation as condition and theme in Milan Kunderas novels
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