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Institutionalized Intermediates: Conceptualizing Soviet Practices of Indirect Translation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
2017 (English)In: Translation Studies, ISSN 1478-1700, E-ISSN 1751-2921Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Abstract [en]

In the Soviet Union, practices of indirect translation, the use of interlinear intermediates in particular, were institutionalized in the early 1930s through a special terminology, specific administrative handling within the literary apparatus, and educational efforts. It prospered until the end of the Soviet era.  At the same time, such practices 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 so-far scant attention given the subject in Western as well as 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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Routledge, 2017.
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history of translation, Soviet Union, translation practices, indirect translation, intermediate, interlinear, institutional aspects of translation
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Slavic Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-291515OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-291515DiVA: diva2:925729
Swedish Research Council, 2014-1187
Available from: 2016-05-03 Created: 2016-05-03 Last updated: 2016-05-03

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