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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Australian Perspectives on Migration

4-6 October 2018 | Großer Vortragssaal der ULB

 with a reading by Isabelle Li & music by Celine Yap (Little Foot)

The 2018 biennial GASt conference will address cultural, social, historical, legal, and (geo)political issues related to the contemporary global challenge of migration and displacement – with more than 60 million displaced...

Tracing Non-Human Agency in Literatures in English


organisiert von Bettina Burger, Yvonne Kappel, Judith Rahn


"Tracing Non-Human Agency in Literatures in English"

Confirmed Key Notes by Prof. Dr. Roman Bartosch and Prof. Dr. Pieter Vermeulen




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Schadowplatz 14,

40212 Düsseldorf



Head of Section

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Birgit Neumann

Gebäude: 23.32
Etage/Raum: 04.31
Tel.: +49 211 81-12205
Fax: +49 211 81-12428


Andrea Wolff

Gebäude: 23.31.
Etage/Raum: 04.78
Tel.: +49 211 81-12212

Petra K.-Schiebel M.A.

Gebäude: 23.31.
Etage/Raum: 04.78
Tel.: +49 211 81-12212
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