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Course Catalogue WS 2021/22

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exophonic and translingual literature

Theory seminar
WS 21/22
Target group
Main course / Diploma 2

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Dates - place & time

27.10.2126.01.22MittwochWöchentlich14:00 - 16:00Filzengraben 18-24, Seminarraum 0.18/0.19
from-to14:00 - 16:00
LocationFilzengraben 18-24, Seminarraum 0.18/0.19

Seminar description

Exophony – a relatively new term (from 2007) to describe a much older phenomenon: writing in a language that is not a first language. Linguist Molly Martin suggests "Exophonic writing offers authors the chance to cloak themselves in a different language, and thereby culture," implying a complicated relationship between language, identity and heritage.

In this theory seminar, we will read a variety of author’s approaches, explore why, when and how authors change their writing language and ask questions such as what exophonic and translingual writing do to texts, the reception of the authors’ works, and language itself. We will also take an excursion to exophony in film. If required, the seminar will be held in English and German.

Other additions

Recommended literature: Maria Cecilia Barbetta, Tomer Gardi, Kübra Gümüşay, Xiaolu Guo, Dagmara Kraus, Ágota Kristóf, Jhumpa Lahiri, Vladimir Nabokov, Sharon Dodua Otoo, Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Rainer Maria Rilke, Yoko Tawada, Anne Weber, Uljana Wolf.

Student office

Claudia Warnecke

Christina Hartmann

Juliane Schwibbert

Peter-Welter-Platz 2

50676 Köln

Tel.: +49 221 20189 - 119 / 187 / 249
Fax: +49 221 20189 - 49119

Opening hours
Currently closed to the public!

Mo - Do: 10-13 h

Do: 14-16 h

Winter semester 2020/21

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Oct. 19, 2020 until Feb. 2, 2021

Summer semester 2021

Lecture period:

April 12 until July 23, 2021

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