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The Bilingual Muse: Self-Translation among Russian Poets
by Adrian Wanner
Northwestern University Press, 2020
Cloth: 978-0-8101-4124-7 | Paper: 978-0-8101-4123-0 | eISBN: 978-0-8101-4125-4
Library of Congress Classification PG2985.W36 2020
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.7109

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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.

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