«The cotter’s saturday night » by Robert Burns in Russian translations of the XX – the beginning of XXI century

Dmitry N. Zhatkin, Nikita S. Futljaev


Abstract. The article analyzes the circumstances of the Russian translation reception of Robert Burns’s poem «The Cotter’s Saturday Night» in the XX – beginning of XXI century, analyzes translations made by Shchepkina-Kupernik (1936), Shirokov (1999), Feldman (2005–2006), Manasenko (2012) and Sapozhnikov (2014). The research is based on fundamental works in the field of historical poetics, history of Russian translated fiction, comparative literature, theory and history of poetic translation. A notable event in Burns’s Russian translation reception was the publication in 1936 of the book of his poems, prepared by Shchepkina-Kupernik, which, among other things, included a new translation of «The Cotter’s Saturday Night», which was characterized by the depth of penetration into the Burns’s world and at the same time significant omissions caused by the need to weaken the religious sound of the original. Soviet researchers approached the interpretation of the Burns’s poem from different positions. The interest of translators to «The Cotter’s Saturday Night», which has noticeably increased since the early 1990s, has led to the emergence of new readings of the Burns’s work, created. The translations, which were created in the new historical conditions, has not been limited to the censorship framework in the 1930s was T.L. Shchepkina-Kupernik, however, they don’t have that fullness of recreating the atmosphere of the English original, that reverent attitude to the English original, which had this remarkable translator. 

Palabras clave

Burns, T.L. Shchepkina-Kupernik, «The Cotter’s Saturday Night», poetics, tradition, poetic translation, Russian-English literary connections, intercultural communication, artistic detail.

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