The Politics of Cultural Mediation: Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven and Felix Paul Greve by Paul HjartarsonThe Politics of Cultural Mediation: Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven and Felix Paul Greve by Paul Hjartarson

The Politics of Cultural Mediation: Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven and Felix Paul Greve

EditorPaul Hjartarson, Tracy Kulba-Gibbons

Paperback | May 28, 2003

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Translators mediate between cultures; they negotiate the transfer of meaning from one word and world to another. Writers who migrate, uprooting themselves from one world and settling in another, also mediate between cultures and are mediated by them. This collection of essays explores the contact zones produced by the migrations of two German-born cultural figures: New York Dada poet and artist Else Plötz (1874-1927), better known as Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven or simply "the Baroness"; and writer and translator Felix Paul Greve (1879-1948), aka the Canadian author Frederick Philip Grove. Both figures negotiated languages beyond their mother tongue (German); both moved between geographic and cultural worlds; both produced cultural works in their adopted countries (the United States and Canada); and both "translated" themselves into new contexts. The Politics of Cultural Mediation features contributions by Richard Cavell, Jutta Ernst, Irene Gammel, Paul Hjartarson, Klaus Martens and Paul Morris and includes Morris's translation of Greve's "Randarabesken Zu Oscar Wilde."
Paul Hjartarson is Professor Emeritus in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. His scholarly work is on life-writing, Canadian literature, modernism, print culture and the digital humanities. His most recent book, co-authored with Shirley Neuman, is The Thinking Heart: The Literary Archive of Wilfred Watson (2014). Un...
Title:The Politics of Cultural Mediation: Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven and Felix Paul GreveFormat:PaperbackPublished:May 28, 2003Publisher:Canadian Review of Comparative Literature/Revue Canadienne de Littérature ComparéeLanguage:English

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"The most refreshing addition to the complex picture of FPG is, in my eyes, Paul Hjartason's 'Out of the Wastage of All Other Nations', which contextualises the German immigrant's standing and fashioning of a new ethnic identity in the politically unstable, increasingly racist 1920s Manitoba. For his English translation of Greve's crucially self-revealing treatise, 'Randarabesden zu Oscar Wilde' ('Marginalia in Arabesque'), Morris deserves praise, for being modern, yet skillfully faithful to the original spirit. Virtually unavailable for a century, the inclusion and translation of this 1903 document represents this collection's main attraction." Markus M. Müller, British Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 17, No. 2, November 1, 2005