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The Many Voices of Lydia DavisTranslation, Rewriting, Intertextuality$
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Jonathan Evans

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474400176

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474400176.001.0001

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Proust and Rewriting

Proust and Rewriting

(p.70) Chapter 4 Proust and Rewriting
The Many Voices of Lydia Davis

Jonathan Evans

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on the ways in which Davis rewrites Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, drawing on theories of rewriting from translation studies (Lefevere) and American literature (Moraru). It begins by analysing Davis’s authorial rewriting in her novel The End of the Story, which echoes and parallels Proust’s novel thematically and structurally. By comparing the two novels, the chapter shows the dialogue between. The second half of the chapter focuses on Davis’s translation of Proust and how it is placed in relation to the canonical translation by Scott Moncrieff and the less known translation by Grieve. Davis’s translation is seen as a rewriting of the canon of Proust in English while extending the practices seen in her translations of Blanchot and Leiris.

Keywords:   Rewriting, Retranslation, Novel, Narrative, Postmodernism, Marcel Proust

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