An Eastern European Perspective: Models, Semantics, Functions
In recent years, the long underexplored interfaces between Translation Studies and the new historiographies of Modernism have provided unusually productive terrain for a number of far-reaching methodological and conceptual developments, including the notion of translation as a separate discourse within Modernism and Modernism studies as translation studies. However, notwithstanding the recently proclaimed ‘transnational turn’ in ‘New Modernist Studies’ (see Mao and Walkowitz 2008: 738–739) and the increasingly visible explorations of alternative, non-Western and non-Eurocentric literary traditions in Translation Studies (see, e.g. Doorslaer and Flynn 2013), there still remains a need to refocus and rebalance Western Eurocentric research on literary translation from the viewpoint of Eastern European Modernisms. While these cultural regions have plenty to contribute to the multidisciplinary assessment of Modernist translation, they remain, for a variety of historical-cultural and political reasons, largely underrepresented in the field of Translation Studies.
The aim of this monograph is to address this gap within the field of translation- oriented Modernism studies and to revise the notion of Modernist translation with regard to ‘Europe’s internal other,’ as Brian James Baer refers to Eastern European and Russian translation cultures (Baer 2011: 1). By introducing Eastern European literary cultures into the current discussion of translational Modernisms, this book is intended to contribute to the scholarly mapping of translation in the tradition of Maurice Friedberg’s Literary Translation in Russia. A Cultural History (1997), Leon Burnett and Emily Lygo’s collection The Art of Accommodation. Literary Translation in Russia (2013) and Brian James...
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