Times of Mobility
In an era of increased mobility and globalization, a fast growing body of writing originates from authors who live in-between languages and cultures. In response to this challenge, transnational perspective offers a new approach to the growing body of cultural texts with an emphasis on experiences of migration, transculturation, bilingualism, and (cultural) translation.
The introductory analysis and the fifteen essays in this collection critically interrogate complex relations between transnational and translation studies, bringing to this dialogue a much needed gender perspective. Divided into three parts (From Transnational to Translational; Reading Across Borders and Transnational in Translation), they address a range of issues relevant for this debate, from theoretical problems to practical questions of literary criticism and translation, understood as an act of cultural interpretation.
The volume mostly deals with contemporary literary and cultural production, but also with classical texts and modernist literature. Its particular quality is a strong (although not exclusive) focus on Central and East European literatures, and more generally on women writers. Its interdisciplinary, transnational, and intercultural perspective makes it relevant across disciplinary boundaries, from literary and translation studies to gender studies, cultural studies, and migration studies.
Jasmina Lukić, Sibelan Forrester and Borbála Faragó: Introduction: Transnational Literatures and Cultures in/and Translation
1. From Transnational to Translational
Susan Stanford Friedman: Translational Migrations: Novel Homelands in Monica Ali’s Brick Lane
Eleonora Federici and Vita Fortunati: Theorizing Women’s Transnational Literatures: Shaping New Female Identities in Europe through Writing and Translation
Azade Seyhan: Crossing Borders in Perilous Zones: Labors of Transport and Translation in Women Writers of Exile
Sonia Fernández Hoyos and Adelina Sánchez Espinosa: Zygmunt Bauman’s Liquidity and Transnational Women’s Literature: Nancy Huston as a Case Study
Jasmina Lukić: Travelling Theory as Theory in Translation: Transnational and Transgenerational Perspectives
2. Reading Across Borders
Grace Ledbetter: Translation into Dance: Adaptation and Transnational Hellenism in Balanchine’s Apollo.
Ágnes Györke: Stories from Elsewhere: The City as a Transnational Space in Doris Lessing's Fiction
Vera Eliasova: The Mobile Imagination in European Women’s Writing of Modernism and its Contemporary Resonances
Madalina Nicolaescu: Romanian Women’s Success Stories as Transnational Migrants
Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru: From Travelling Memoir to Nomadic Narrative in Kapka Kassabova’s Street without a Name and Twelve Minutes of Love: A Tango Story
Dejan Ilić: Through the Looking-glass: About recurring motifs and devices in the prose of Dubravka Ugrešić
3. Transnational in Translation
Michael Kandel: It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing
Sibelan Forrester: Translating Folktales: From National to Transnational
Ellen Elias-Bursać: Rivalry and Consecration: Croatian and Serbian Writers In Conflict and Translation
Kathrin Hellerstein: China Comes to Warsaw or Warsaw Comes to China: Melech Ravitch’s Travel Poems and Journals