Virginia Woolf and the Migrations of Language

Virginia Woolf and the Migrations of Language

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Virginia Woolf's rich and imaginative use of language was partly a result of her keen interest in foreign literatures and languages - mainly Greek and French, but also Russian, German and Italian. As a translator she naturally addressed herself both to contemporary standards of translation within the university, but also to readers like herself. In Three Guineas she ranged herself among German scholars who used Antigone to critique European politics of the 1930s. Orlando outwits the censors with a strategy that focuses on Proust's untranslatable word. The Waves and The Years show her looking ahead to the problems of postcolonial society, where translation crosses borders. In this in-depth study of Woolf and European languages and literatures, Emily Dalgarno opens up a rewarding new way of reading her prose.
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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139184768
  • 9781139184762

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Translation and ethnography in 'On Not Knowing Greek'; 2. Antigone and the public language; 3. Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and the Russian soul; 4. Proust and the fictions of the unconscious; 5. Translation and iterability; 6. Assia Djebar and the poetics of lamentation; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
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'Dalgarno's learned study bears witness not only to Woolf's art but also to the way that her art turns away from England to translations and the untranslatable as a way to help us see beyond the shadows.' Virginia Woolf Miscellany
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