Name of institution:
Case Western Reserve University
Type(s) of partnership:
Joint faculty and/or student research
Academic area(s) of interest:
Literature / Linguistics (Языкознание / Литературоведение)
Specific subarea(s) of interest:
Cultural Studies, Translation Studies, Transatlantic Studies
Project name *:
Cultures in Translation: Russia, Latin America and United States
This project will examine how literary translation from Russian to Spanish, and vice versa, had an impact on the configuration of the literary systems of the different countries where such literature is consumed. We will also delve into the role played by the intellectuals as cultural ambassadors and translators of culture in their interactions with their peers in other countries. If we consider translation the basis of a forever-ongoing internationalization process then we have to agree upon its vital importance not only as a cultural tool but also mainly as a political and social transformative and influential instrument. A core question to our quest is if the distribution and consumption of literature in translation contributes to the formation of a global citizen, beyond the ideological implications that many times support the translation’s policies. We are focusing on these processes during the Cold War Era, and how the former Soviet Union tried to gain influence in Latin America through literary translation. We are also studying the function of translated fiction in ideologically closed societies (v.g. USSR or Cuba). We will have two conferences to discuss this matter, and will exchange professors from both institutions for doing research in their peer institutions in United States and Russia. This first-time collaborative effort between the two institutions will culminate in a bilingual publication with the most outstanding papers presented in both conferences.
Potential funding sources:
UPP, and both institutions: Case Western Reserve University and State University of Saint Petersburg.
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Guilford House 209. Case Western Reserve University.