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Making Sense of the Translingual Text: Russian Wordplay, Names, and Cultural Allusions in Olga Grushin's The Dream Life of Sukhanov
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
2012 (English)In: Modern language review, ISSN 0026-7937, Vol. 107, no 2, 540-558 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines the effects of translingual wordplay, Russian names, and cultural allusions in Olga Grushin's novel The Dream Life of Sukhanov. Applying Wolfgang Iser's concepts of the implied reader and the repertoire of the text, the analysis considers various interpretative possibilities which may be actualized by bilingual and monolingual readers. The article concludes that while Russian elements in the text may elicit recognition on the part of the bilingual reader, they potentially serve as a device of defamiliarization for the monolingual reader, creating a parallel between the reading process and the protagonist's disorientation in the Soviet Union during glasnost'.

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Modern Humanities Research Association, 2012. Vol. 107, no 2, 540-558 p.
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translingual, wordplay, Russian, names, cultural allusions, Russian culture, anglophone, russophone, Olga Grushin, The Dream Life of Sukhanov, Wolfgang Iser, implied reader, repertoire of the text, bilingual reader, defamiliarization, glasnost, Soviet, reader response
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Slavic Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-164159DOI: 10.5699/modelangrevi.107.2.0540ISI: 000303718000010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-164159DiVA: diva2:466703
Available from: 2011-12-16 Created: 2011-12-16 Last updated: 2012-06-27Bibliographically approved

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