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Between the Lines: Totalitarianism and Translation in the USSR
(Stockholm University)
2011 (English)In: Contexts, subtexts and pretexts: Literary translation in Eastern Europe and Russia / [ed] Brian James Baer, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2011, 149-170 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Literary translation in the Soviet Union may well be the largest more or less coherent project of translation the world has seen to date – largest in terms of geographical range, number of languages involved and timespan; coherent in the sense of ideological framework (alllowing for fluctuations over time) and centralized planning. The chapter demonstrates the relevance of literary translation as an object of research within the broader context of Soviet culture. With a focus on the Stalin period, it draws attention to translation as a pragmatic “no man’s land,” open to initiatves on the part of different agents. Drawing on Toury’s (2005) application of the concept of “culture planning,” the article pays special attention to the use of interlinear trots, or podstrochniki, as an institutionalized “creative space” between source and target texts. Soviet practices, it is argued, may prompt a reconsideration of common concepts such as source language, target language and translational agency.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2011. 149-170 p.
, Benjamins Translation Library, ISSN 0929-7316 ; 89
Keyword [en]
translation, Soviet Union, culture planning, Bakhtin, interlinear translation, podstrochnik
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Slavic Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-213617ISBN: 9789027224378OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-213617DiVA: diva2:682923
Totalitarianism and Translation: Control and Conflict in Soviet Translation Practices, 1932–1953
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P2008-0417:1-E
Available from: 2013-12-30 Created: 2013-12-30 Last updated: 2014-01-07Bibliographically approved

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