“A unitary language is not something given, but is always in essence posited – and at every moment of its linguistic life it is opposed to the realities of heteroglossia.”
M. M. Bakhtin
Vladimir Nabokov’s bilingual, Russian and English work first drew my interest in multilingual writing, a practice that is always intimately related to the notions of translation and self-translation. I have worked on multilingualism and self-translation in Vilém Flusser and Georges-Arthur Goldschmidt, as well as on their significance for literary Modernism and the notion of the Gesamtkunstwerk, also focusing on their multiple metaphoric role in the work of Julien Green, Louis Wolfson, Raymond Federman, Christine Brooke-Rose and Abdelkebir Khatibi.
I am a foreign correspondent of Équipe Multilinguisme, Traduction, Création: http://www.item.ens.fr/index.php?id=579255
Metaphors of Multilingualism. Changing Attitudes Towards Language Diversity in Literature, Linguistics and Philosophy Routledge, London and New York, 2020.
This book is based in part on the course “Jenseits von Sprachgrenzen. Lernen von polyglotten Literaten” I taught in 2013 and 2015 at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) (Switzerland) and on an course I taught from 2014 to 2021 at the Università della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano (USI) to which I invited a series of translingual writers: Franco Biondi and Catalin Dorian Florescu (2014), Yoko Tawada and Ilma Rakusa (2015), Thomas Meyer and Beat Christen (2016), Zsuzsanna Gahse and Carmine Gino Chiellino (2017), Francesco Micieli (2018), and Matthias Nawrat (2019).
Articles and Book Chapters
6. Metaphors of Literary Translingualism (forthcoming 2021).
5. Literary Translingualism in Switzerland: Pierre Lepori and Beat Christen, in: Flusser Studies 22, December 2016.
4. Polyglot Poetry. Multilingualism and the Aesthetics of the Gesamt-Kunstwerk, in: The Aesthetics of the Total Artwork. On Borders and Fragments, ed. by A. Finger and D. Follett, John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore 2011, p. 305-326.
3. ‘Das sonderbare Francodeutsch’. Georges-Arthur Goldschmidt: Übersetzer und Selbstübersetzer , in: Georges-Arthur Goldschmidt: 1/09 Text und Kritik, ed., by H. L. Arnold, 181, München 2009, p. 59-70.
2. ‘I believe that my two tongues love each other cela ne m’étonnerait pas’: Self-Translation and the Construction of Sexual identity, in: TTR, Vol. XX, n° 1, 2007, p. 193-214. www.erudit.org
1.Verschiedene Wege zum selben Ziel. Zur Bilingualität im Werk Georges-Arthur Goldschmidts, in: Kultur und Gespenster, Georges Arthur Goldschmidt, Number 5, 2007, p. 102-119.
3. The Multiligual Body of Language, Corpus Historicus. The Body in/of History, Sosnowiec (Poland), June 30th- July 1st 2017 (June 30th).
2. Metaphern der Mehrsprachigkeit, 21st World Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA 2016), Universität Wien
1. Writing in a plurilingual context: Literary translingualism in Switzerland, Inverted Runes: New Perspectives on Literary Translingualism, Uppsala University, 4-5 September 2015.