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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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Biographical Writing in Translation, or Variations on the Meaning of ‘Life’

Biographical Writing in Translation, or Variations on the Meaning of ‘Life’

(p.141) Chapter 5 Biographical Writing in Translation, or Variations on the Meaning of ‘Life’
Translation as Collaboration

Claire Davison

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter looks at the various types of biographical writing that form a substantial part of Koteliansky’s translation work. By reviewing these translations in the context of the modernist interest in ‘new biography’, it shows their relevance not just as biographical portraits, but as alternative methods for negotiating the weight of the past and writing about creative lives creatively. It uses the 1929 study of biography by Maurois as a framework for assessing the translations in terms of their means of expression, their handling of scientific facts and their artistic transpositions of the everyday world. In each case, the translators’ presence can be traced in the translated work, like embedded, refracted portraits of the artist. The main focus here is on the representations of Tolstoy and Chekhov.

Keywords:   Transposition, Biography, A. B. Goldenveizer, Reflexivity, Life-writing, Transnational modernism

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