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Russia’s Most Formidable Self-Translator: Elizaveta Kul’man and Her Multilingual Poetry

Adrian Wanner, Pennsylvania State University

October 12, 2020 · 12:00 pm1:30 pm EDT · via Zoom

Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication

Elizaveta Borisovna Kul’man (1808-1825) is a unique figure in the history of Russian literature. A child prodigy fluent in eleven languages, Kul’man stands out both because of her polyglot prowess and outsized literary productivity.

This talk will explore Kul’man’s trilingual poetics by following the metamorphosis of one particular poem through its multiple linguistic incarnations.  Kul’man’s translingual creativity anticipates more recent developments in twentieth and twenty-first-century poetry written by global migrants.

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