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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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Conclusion: Only Inter-connect?Translation, Transaction, Inter-action

Conclusion: Only Inter-connect?Translation, Transaction, Inter-action

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(p.171) Conclusion: Only Inter-connect?Translation, Transaction, Inter-action
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Translation as Collaboration
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Claire Davison

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682812.003.0007

The conclusion returns to the question of how translating could shape the co-translators’ lives both individually and collectively. For both Woolf and Mansfield, their involvement in the various ventures coincided with their own most experimental or innovative work, and also with periods of immense artistic output. The impact of translating can be felt in their own creative idiom, whether in figures of estrangement and marginality, or in literary explorations of shifting consciousness, multiple viewpoint and the inner life. Translation also played a tangible role expanding and refining their reception of Russian literature, as their reviews attest. Their co-translating is likewise set in the political context of the time, by underlining the importance of works acquired through Gorky coming from his World Literature Publishing House. These brought western readers into contact with classic and contemporary Russian texts, as well as helping to ensure writers survived in the post-revolutionary, post-war years of turmoil.

Keywords:   Apprenticeship, Craftsmanship, Displacement, Performativity, Literary networks, Inter-action

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