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Sexuality & Culture

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 449–466 | Cite as

Homosexuality in the Russian Translation of The Hours

  • Alexandra Berlina
Original Paper
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Abstract

This essay deals with the representation of homosexuality in the Russian version of Michael Cunningham’s The Hours. References to same-sex relations and gay identity are the most problematic aspects of Dmitrii Vedeniapin’s translation; in this domain, it differs most from the original text. How and why? After an overview of the target context, different aspects are analysed: the translation of relevant terms such as queer and dyke; the (dis)appearance of gay issues; polls concerning the usage of gay-connected vocabulary as well as surveys of dictionary entries are used. The essay shows how a non-homophobic translator changed the text in an apparently anti-gay way, rendering it into a language of a largely homophobic society.

Keywords

Homosexuality in Russia Homosexuality in translation Queer studies Unconscious manipulation Cunningham Gay terminology 

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Polls and Surveys

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  2. The polls composed by me are archived by the web service for online surveys VirtualExS (http://virtualexs.ru) and can only be obtained by contacting this site’s administration or myself (alexandra.berlina@uni-due.de).

Copyright information

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EssenGermany

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