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Course Catalogue WS 2023/24

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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.

Subsequent changes / 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

Karin Cordes

Juliane Schwibbert

Katrin Seiniger

Claudia Warnecke

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Summer semester 2024

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Apr. 8, 2024 until Jul. 19, 2024

Winter semester 2024/25

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Oct. 21, 2024 until Feb. 14, 2025

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