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Chapter 4 - Translations

Sentimental Internationalism and Its Eastern Love Languages, 1941–1972

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 December 2023

Samuel Hodgkin
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Yale University, Connecticut
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This chapter is a synchronic snapshot of the way that poems, speeches, sociability, and bureaucracy coalesced at Stalinist literary occasions. Here, literary representatives made their claims to representative authority and, on that basis, lent legitimacy to the multinational state and the international revolutionary project. The chapter follows the Iranian émigré poet Abu al-Qasim Lahuti through his performances at three multinational and international events over the course of 1934–1935: the First Soviet Writers’ Congress in Moscow; the Congress for the Defense of Culture in Paris; and Stalin’s Kremlin meeting with Tajik and Turkmen collective farmers at which the multinational “friendship of peoples” was declared. Lahuti’s exchanges at these events with writers such as Maxim Gorky, Romain Rolland, and André Gide contributed to the articulation of the role of the Eastern literary representative and the ceremonial of authoritarian mass politics in the Soviet Union and beyond. As Persianate forms left their traditional contexts and entered this Russocentric world literature system, their utility as rhetorical tools for negotiating patron–poet power relations collapsed, and they came to be read in translation as simple flattery. This chapter thus presents Soviet multinational socialist realism as an illustrative early instantiation of institutionalized world literature.

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Print publication year: 2023

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  • Translations
  • Samuel Hodgkin, Yale University, Connecticut
  • Book: Persianate Verse and the Poetics of Eastern Internationalism
  • Online publication: 14 December 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009411622.005
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  • Translations
  • Samuel Hodgkin, Yale University, Connecticut
  • Book: Persianate Verse and the Poetics of Eastern Internationalism
  • Online publication: 14 December 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009411622.005
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  • Translations
  • Samuel Hodgkin, Yale University, Connecticut
  • Book: Persianate Verse and the Poetics of Eastern Internationalism
  • Online publication: 14 December 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009411622.005
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