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Frederick Hal White
Utah Valley University (Orem, UT 84058-0001)
Ernest Hemingway in the Soviet Union

Research and writing leading to publication of a literary and historical study about the translation, reception and popularity of works by American author Ernest Hemingway in the Soviet Union, from the 1930s to the 1990s.

Ernest Hemingway’s translated works enjoyed immense popularity in the Soviet Union. In the 1930s, the Soviet government had hoped to co-opt Hemingway as a supporter of the Soviet experiment, but his true impact was realized in the 1960s as a counter-culture figure representing the American ideal of personal liberty. Even so, Hemingway was afforded in 1971 a “Soviet biography” fitting for a Soviet writer. Of particular interest are the ways in which Soviet cultural appropriations of American cultural figures played a role in the ultimate collapse of the Soviet Union. This work explores the Soviet aspects of the translation, interpretation and consecration of Hemingway. The Soviet Union first accepted Hemingway for their own political and social agenda (antifascism), only some thirty years later to find that he represented the ideals of personal freedom that Soviet citizens desired, undermining the official positive pronouncements about the collective.

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Project fields:
American Literature; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Russian Literature

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2019 – 7/31/2019