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Section Anglophone Literatures / Literary Translation

The section is dedicated to Anglophone literatures in our entangled and planetary modernity. Tracing interrelations and differences between diverse literatures written in English, we draw on postcolonial theory, concepts of translation and ecocritical approaches. We aim to identify and retrieve the marginalised and neglected voices of postcolonial writers within a wide spectrum of cultures, genres and periods. Literary works are read comparatively and as negotiations of specific literary, social and cultural traditions. 

The literary and cultural topics we study range widely: for example, race and performance, postcolonial justice and ethics, visuality and visibility, nature and the environment, sex and gendered identity, nation and state, memory and trauma, English as a language of imperialism and English as a world language. Special emphasis is put on transcultural constellations and the manifold challenges that are posed by Anglophone literatures for English studies. Foregrounding the aesthetics and politics of fiction, we seek to examine the role of Anglophone literatures in the negotiation, reflection and translation of social configurations and cultural concepts across the globe. Theories, concepts and practices of linguistic and cultural translation also figure prominently in our MA programme 'Literary Translation'. We understand translation as a key academic and cultural practice that enables complex processes of negotiation and transformation between different languages, groups, media and disciplines.


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  • Emotion, Affekt und Aufklärung - Gefühlskulturen des 18. Jahrhunderts.

    Graduiertenkonferenz der Deutschen Gesellschaft zur Erforschung des 18. Jahrhunderts (20.-21.02.2017, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel; in Kooperation mit der Deutschen Gesellschaft zur Erforschung des 18. Jahrhunderts und der Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel; gefördert durch die Dr. Phil. Fritz Wiedemann-Stiftung und die DGEJ; Konzeption und Leitung: Prof. Dr. Birgit Neumann).

    Ziel der Tagung ist es, den vielschichtigen Zusammenhang von Emotion, Affekt und Aufklärung im 18. Jahrhundert aus kulturell vergleichender Perspektive in den Blick zu nehmen und Fragen nach affektivem, verkörpertem Wissen zu stellen.

    Ziele und Fragestellung der Konferenz finden Sie undefinedhier.
    Hier finden Sie das aktuelle Programm des Graduiertenkurses: undefinedpdf





  • 19.01.2017, undefinedTranslation - Über Übersetzen. Am Donnerstag, 19. Januar 2017, um 19:30 Uhr findet in der Buchhandlung BiBaBuZe in Düsseldorf Bilk die zweisprachige Lesung mit der kenianischen Autorin Okwiri Oduor statt. Die offizielle Ankündigung und weitere Informationen zur Autorin finden Sie undefinedhier.
  • undefinedTranslating Theory and Practice: Caine Prize for African Writing
    This co-teaching module seeks to open critical conversations among students of literary translation and of comparative studies. Organised by Stephanie Kreiner (literary translation) and Sonja Frenzel (comparative studies), it seeks to bring together current perspectives on practices of interlingual and intercultural translation with contemporary theories of translation as a cultural technique of literary comparison. To this end, the course will revolve around a joint translational project of African short stories and will result in the publication of a bilingual anthology of short stories. The project is organised in cooperation with Allerweltshaus Köln e.V. and is funded through Lehrförderungsfonds der HHU and Kunststiftung NRW. Students of translational studies, please register undefinedhere. Students of comparative studies, please register undefinedhere. Click undefinedhere for the flyer.



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Head of Section

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Birgit Neumann

Building: 23.31
Floor/Room: U1.62
Phone +49 211 81-12205
Fax +49 211 81-12428

PD Dr. Michael C. Frank

Building: 23.32
Floor/Room: 04.31
Phone +49 211 81-12965
Fax +49 211 81-15697


Andrea Wolff

Building: 23.31.
Floor/Room: U1.69
Phone +49 211 81-12212

Petra K.-Schiebel M.A.

Building: 23.31.
Floor/Room: U1.69
Phone +49 211 81-12212
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