GERMAN 449 - Special Topics in English Translation
Winter 2017, Section 001 - Multilingualism in German Literature and Film
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is (see other Sections below)
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
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Taught in English.
May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course considers the diverse transnational imaginaries forged by modern multilingual authors and filmmakers working primarily in German. With an attention to real and imagined (linguistic) travels, spatial representations of language, acts of cross-linguistic remembrance, literal translation, and exophony, we will consider the challenges multilingual texts pose to both national and disciplinary boundaries. Throughout the semester, we will both situate course materials within diverse socio-historical assertions of monolingualism, and pay close attention to the relationship of linguistic multiplicity to literary form and filmic structure. In our analyses of these issues, we will necessarily question what it means to approach multilingual literature and film through translation. While taking the encroachment of global English into question, we will also consider the rewards of reading multilingual texts through divergent translations that bring out a multiplicity of meanings at work within the German.

Course Requirements:

short response papers, one 5-6 page analytical essay, and one 8-10 page research paper


GERMAN 449 - Special Topics in English Translation
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001 (REC)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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