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Institutionalized Intermediates: Conceptualizing Soviet Practices of Indirect Literary Translation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Stockholm Univ, Dept Slav & Balt Languages Finnish Dutch & German, Stockholm, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Translation Studies, ISSN 1478-1700, E-ISSN 1751-2921, Vol. 10, no 2, 166-182 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the Soviet Union, practices of indirect literary translation, particularly the use of interlinear intermediates, were institutionalized in the early 1930s through special terminology, specific administrative treatment within the literary apparatus, and educational efforts. Such practices continued until the end of the Soviet era, but were intensely debated and criticized, rendering problems of indirect translation both visible and articulated in a unique way. Drawing on archival sources, this article presents an overview of such issues, taking into consideration the heretofore scant attention given the subject in both Western and Russian scholarship. Conceptualizing the massive Soviet experience in the field, it aims at providing new perspectives on the phenomenon of indirect translation.

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2017. Vol. 10, no 2, 166-182 p.
Keyword [en]
history of translation, Soviet Union, translation practices, indirect translation, intermediate, interlinear, institutional aspects of translation
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Humanities General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Slavic Languages
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-291515DOI: 10.1080/14781700.2017.1281157ISI: 000396036800004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-291515DiVA: diva2:925729
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Swedish Research Council, 2014-1187
Available from: 2016-05-03 Created: 2016-05-03 Last updated: 2017-05-12Bibliographically approved

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