Friday 20th of May 2022


Space, (self-)translation and plurilingualism in the works of Tawada Yōko

Francesco Eugenio Barbieri, Università di Catania pdf_icon_30x30



Abstract: In the work of Tawada Yōko, we can identify two strategies that are the result of her attitude towards positioning “in the middle”: self-translation and plurilingualism. Through her travels and explorations, her insatiable curiosity for diversity, Tawada engages in a “translational poetics” in which translation works simultaneously as a process of creation. This paper focuses on this parallelism and analyzes how such a positioning “in the middle” can be interpreted as spatial operations, in examples from the author’s German and Japanese production.


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