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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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Introduction: Reading the Russians, or Translation as Explanation

Introduction: Reading the Russians, or Translation as Explanation

(p.1) Introduction: Reading the Russians, or Translation as Explanation
Translation as Collaboration

Claire Davison

Edinburgh University Press

This introduction contextualises the collaborative translations, recalling the climate of ‘Russian Fever’ in London’s early-twentieth-century intellectual circles, and the biographical setting. It then situates co-translation theory within recent critical debates, looking at the skills and expertise each partner could contribute individually to the creative endeavours. A broad overview of recent critical studies of the reception of Russian literature within modernist dynamics in Great Britain is followed by a synopsis of the book’s central ideas, claiming that Mansfield and Woolf’s literary translations had a lasting, transformative impact on Woolf and Mansfield’s own literary apprenticeship in terms of their poetics and their creative, formal experimentation, and also their reviewing and critical appraisals.

Keywords:   Anglophone modernism, Russian Literature in translation, Hogarth Press, Co-translation, Literary craftsmanship

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