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Translation as CollaborationVirginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield and S.S. Koteliansky$
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Claire Davison

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748682812

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682812.001.0001

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Unknown Languages and Unruly Selves: Thinking through Translation

Unknown Languages and Unruly Selves: Thinking through Translation

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(p.21) Chapter 1 Unknown Languages and Unruly Selves: Thinking through Translation
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Translation as Collaboration
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Claire Davison

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682812.003.0002

This chapter begins by looking at how the three writers defined and engaged with translation individually, linking translation with the code-switching games and ‘translational encounters’ inscribed within Woolf and Mansfield’s fiction and non-fictional writings. It then looks briefly at their essays and reviews with a Russian focus, suggesting links between these writings and the translations. This contextual and theoretical framework is followed by a review of the different co-translations in terms of their stylistic and thematic relevance. Intuitive identifications and biographical resonances suggest how their practical, working partnerships evolved as they responded to the imaginative appeal of Russian authors. The performative, directly collaborative nature of their work proves essential. As the translators read through the texts they seemingly project themselves into the borrowed voices, expanding the sense of speaking as and through others.

Keywords:   Poetics, Translation theory, Literary apprenticeship, In-betweenness, Code-switching, Otherness, Identity, L. N. Tolstoy, F. Dostoevsky, A. Chekhov

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