Translation and the Making of Modern Russian Literature (Literatures, Cultures, Translation)

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Brian James Baer explores the central role played by translation in the construction of modern Russian literature. Peter I’s policy of forced Westernization resulted in translation becoming a widely discussed and highly visible practice in Russia, a multi-lingual empire with a polyglot elite. Yet Russia’s accumulation of cultural capital through translation occurred at a time when the Romantic obsession with originality was marginalizing translation as mere imitation. The awareness on the part of Russian writers that their literature and, by extension, their cultural identity were “born in translation” produced a sustained and sophisticated critique of Romantic authorship and national identity that has long been obscured by the nationalist focus of traditional literary studies. By offering a re-reading of seminal works of the Russian literary canon that thematize translation, alongside studies of the circulation and reception of specific translated texts, Translation and the Making of Modern Russian Literature models the long overdue integration of translation into literary and cultural studies.

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ISBN-13: 9781628927986
ISBN-10: 1628927984
Pagini: 224
Dimensiuni: 137 x 213 x 15 mm
Greutate: 0.32 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Seria Literatures, Cultures, Translation

Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


A timely intervention in the current debates over world literature, which have largely ignored the problematics of translation in the discussion and teaching of literary works in translation

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Brian James Baer is Professor of Russian and Translation Studies at Kent State University, USA. He is the author of Other Russias: Homosexuality and the Crisis of Post-Soviet Identity, which was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2011, and the editor or co-editor of five books, including Russian Writers on Translation. An Anthology (co-edited with Natalia Olshanskaya, 2013). He is the Founding Editor of the journal Translation and Interpreting Studies.


AcknowledgmentsIntroductionBorn in TranslationChapter OneReading between, Reading among: Poet-Translators in the Age of the DecembristsChapter TwoThe Translator as Forger: (Mis)Translating Empire in Lermontov’s Hero of Our Time and Roziner’s A Certain FinkelmeyerChapter ThreeThe Boy Who Cried “Volk”!: (Mis)Translating the Nation in Dostoevsky’s “Peasant Marei” and Iskander’s “Pshada”Chapter FourRe-figuring Translation: Translator-heroines in Russian Women’s WritingChapter FiveImitatio: Translation and the Making of Soviet SubjectsChapter SixReading Wilde in Moscow, or le plus ça change: Translations of Western Gay Literature in Post-Soviet RussiaChapter SevenUnpacking Daniel Stein, or Where Post-Soviet Meets PostmodernBibliographyIndex


In an elegant series of micro-narratives, Brian Baer exposes the flash points of modern Russian literary history. Translation becomes a key to the misconnections and dissonances that mark Russia’s changing literary relations with the West—from the passionate ideals of the 19th century Decembrists to the uncertainties of the post-Soviet era. It is a pleasure to be in Baer’s company: he is an erudite and stylish guide, with a keen eye for paradox.