Beverly Matherne (English) is one of eight writers whose creative work and self-translation process is the subject of a completed doctoral dissertation from the Sorbonne, University of Paris III. The dissertation titled "L’Autotraduction: Cas Particulier Du Processus Traductif" is by Angélique Marimaridou from Thessaloniki, Greece.

The author’s major contention is that bilingual, bicultural writers who know two languages well do more than just translate when they self-translate their work—they write in two languages, producing final versions of equal spontaneity, each version resulting in higher quality by virtue of moving back and forth between two languages. Marimaridou asked Matherne to participate in a 20-question interview. Generous portions are quoted throughout the dissertation, as are whole poems and excerpts from Matherne’s bilingual body of work in free-verse and blues form.



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