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The Routledge Handbook of Literary Translingualism

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September 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

Though it might seem as modern as Samuel Beckett, Joseph Conrad, and Vladimir Nabokov, translingual writing - texts by authors using more than one language or a language other than their primary one - has an ancient pedigree. The Routledge Companion to Literary Translingualism aims to provide a comprehensive overview of translingual literature in a wide variety of languages throughout the world, from ancient to modern times.

The volume includes sections on:

  • Translingual genres - with essays on memoir, poetry, fiction, drama, and cinema
  • Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Translingualism
  • Global perspectives - essays overseeing European, African, and Asian languages

Combining essays from lead specialists in the field, this volume will be of interest to scholars, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates interested in investigating the vibrant area of translingual literature. Attracting scholars from a variety of disciplines, this interdisciplinary and pioneering Companion will advance current scholarship of the permutations of languages among authors throughout the time.

Table of Contents


Steven G. Kellman & Natasha Lvovich

  1. Translingual Genres
  2. Translingual Memoir

    Mary Besemeres

    Translingualism and Poetry

    Alice Loda & Antonio Viselli

    Literary Translingualism and Fiction

    Fiona Doloughan

  3. Ancient Literary Translingualism
  4. Literary Translingualism in the Greek and Roman Worlds

    Alex Mullen & Eleni Bozia

    Literary Translingual Practices in the Persianate World: Past and Present

    Alaaeldin Mahmoud

    The Curious Case of Sanskrit Literary Translingualism

    Deven Patel

  5. Post-Classical Literary Translingualism
  6. Translingualism in Medieval Jewish Culture

    Ross Brann

    Literary Translingualism and Neo-Latin: the Case of Latin America

    Leni Ribeiro Leite

  7. Universal Literary Translingualism
  8. Literary Translingualism in Esperanto

    Sabine Fiedler

  9. Literary Translingualism in European Languages
  10. English-French Translingualism Across the Centuries

    Sara Kippur

    French in the World: Francophone Literary Translingualism

    Thérèse Migraine-George

    Literary Translingualism within the Italian Context: Toward New Debate on Italian Language

    Mariagrazia DeLuca

    Nordic Literary Translingualism

    Julie Hansen & Helena Bodin

    German-English Literary Translingualism

    Sandra Vlasta

    From German into Russian and Back: Russian-German Translingual Literature Miriam Finkelstein

    Russian-English Literary Translingualism: Switching from Cyrillic to Roman across the Atlantic

    Adrian Wanner

    Translingualism in Polish Literary Context Elwira Grossman & Aneta Stepien

    Literary Translingualism in the Balkans: The Post-Yugoslav Case

    Una Tanovic & Ulvija Tanovic


  11. Literary Translingualism in Africa
  12. Literary Translingualism in a Multilingual Society: South Africa’s Publishing Landscape

    Jana Klingenberg

  13. Literary Translingualism in Middle-Eastern Languages
  14. Arabic Literary Translingualism

    Paul Starkey

    Hebrew Literature as Translingual Literature from its Origins to its Present

    Melissa Weininger

    V. Literary Translingualism in Asian Languages

    Chinese Literary Translingualism

    Elaine Wong

    Literary Translingualism in Hindi and Urdu

    Walter Hakala

    Bengali Literary Translingualism

    Kaiser Haq

    Literary Translaingualism and the Politics of a National Language: Hispanofilipino Literature in a Multilingual Philippines

    Marlon Sales

    Translingual/Transnational Writers of Japan

    Reiko Tachibana

  15. Literary Translingualism in Latin America
  16. The Amerindian and European Switch: Translingual Writing and Latin American Literature

    Roberto Diaz

  17. Issues in Literary Translingualism


Eva Gentes & Trish Van Bolderen

Metaphors of Literary Translingualism

Rainer Guldin

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Steven G. Kellman is a widely published critic and essayist, and professor of comparative literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio. A member of the Texas Institute of Letters, he served four terms on the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle and received its coveted Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. His books include The Self-Begetting Novel, The Plague: Fiction and Resistance, The Translingual Imagination, Redemption: The Life of Henry Roth, The Restless Ilan Stavans: Outsider on the Inside, Nimble Tongues: Studies in Literary Translingualism, andRambling Prose: Essays. He is the editor of Switching Languages: Translingual Writers Reflect on Their Craft as well as volumes on Albert Camus, Don DeLillo, William Gass, and Vladimir Nabokov.

Natasha Lvovich is a writer and scholar of multilingualism and of translingual literature. She is Professor of English at the City University of New York, Kingsborough Community College, and a founder and editor-in-chief of the international Journal of Literary Multilingualism, to be published by Brill in 2022. Among her publications is a book of autobiographical narratives, The Multilingual Self, followed by numerous essays, articles, and creative works. Lvovich organized panels at international conferences, guest-edited academic journals (with Steven Kellman), and lectured on the topic internationally (École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France). She was a lead organizer of the first Symposium of Translingual Literature Writing the Stepmother Tongue. Her creative innovations include mixed-genre pieces focused on multilingual creativity: Translingual Identity and Art: Marc Chagall’s Stride through the Gate of Janus and Exile and Utopia: Nicholas Roerich’s Shortcut to Promised Land. Her essay on the Surrealist artist/multilingual writer Leonora Carrington is forthcoming.