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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction "The Trick of Doubling Oneself"
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 1 Elizaveta Kul'man: The Most Polyglot of Russian Poets
  2. pp. 19-43
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  1. 2 Wassily Kandinsky's Trilingual Poetry
  2. pp. 44-75
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  1. 3 Marina Tsvetaeva's Self- Translation into French
  2. pp. 76-111
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  1. 4 Vladimir Nabokov's Dilemma of Self- Translation
  2. pp. 112-134
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  1. 5 Joseph Brodsky in English
  2. pp. 135-153
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  1. 6 Self- Translation among Contemporary Russian- American Poets
  2. pp. 154-170
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 171-176
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 177-210
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 211-226
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 227-235
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780810141254
Related ISBN
9780810141247
MARC Record
OCLC
1153281156
Pages
245
Launched on MUSE
2020-05-07
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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