Swiss Studies in Sheffield

Basel-based author Martin R Dean visits on 12th October 2016Dean book cover

Martin Dean is an author who has written extensively about individual and Swiss identity in globalised, post-colonial Europe. Sheffield staff and students from Germanic Studies, Applied Languages and beyond will come together for a literary translation masterclass, seminar on the Swiss literary tradition, its cultural environment, the translation of Swiss literature and career opportunities. The day will end with a reading by Martin, in German.

The initiative is generously funded by the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK, and complements the possibility for Sheffield's students to study abroad in Switzerland.

10-12: Translation masterclass
We’ll translate a literary text from German into English, and discuss theoretical and practical problems. Text circulated to participants mid-September.

1400 - 1530: Swiss Literature in German and its Cultural Context. Roundtable discussion with Martin and other guests, plus exhibition
For those who might want to write about a Swiss topic during their studies, or add translation of Swiss texts to their portfolio.

1630 - 1730: Literary reading in German

Optional reading list on the topic of Swissness:

Melinda Nadj Abonji, Tauben fliegen auf
Irena Brežná, Die undankbare Fremde
Martin Dean, Ein Koffer voller Wünsche
Martin Dean, Verbeugung vor Spiegeln. Über das Eigene und das Fremde
Dorothee Elmiger, Schlafgänger
Franceso Micieli, Schwazzenbach
Franco Supino: Solothurn liegt am Meer
Ilma Rakusa, Einsamkeit mit rollendem ,,r"

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