The Translator in the Text

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1158-5

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1157-8
Publication Date
November 1994
Page Count
209 pages
Trim Size
6 1/8 x 9 1/4

The Translator in the Text

On Reading Russian Literature in English
Rachel May

What does it mean to read one nation's literature in another language? The considerable popularity of Russian literature in the English-speaking world rests almost entirely upon translations. In The Translator and the Text, Rachel May analyzes Russian literature in English translation, seeing it less as a substitute for the original works than as a subset of English literature, with its own cultural, stylistic, and narrative traditions.

About the Author

Rachel May is Assistant Professor of Russian at Macalester College and the translator, with Larry Joseph, of Abram Tertz's Little Jinx, also published by Northwestern.
"May's highly original approach creates a fruitful link between translation studies and cultural studies; it begs to be applied to literatures other than Russian." --Michael Henry Heim