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Translation and Translating in German Studies

A Festschrift for Raleigh Whitinger

Edited by John L. Plews & Diana Spokiene
Subjects German Studies, Language Arts & Disciplines, Translation
Series WCGS German Studies Hide Details
Hardcover : 9781771122283, 359 pages, November 2016
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781771122306, 359 pages, November 2016

Table of contents

Table of Contents


Introduction: Rethinking the Role of Translation and Translating in German Studies | Diana Spokiene


1. The Task of the Translator: Walter Benjamin’s Über-setzen in Cross-Cultural Practice | Gisela Brinker-Gabler


2. Reconceptualizing World Literature: A Bilingual Platonic Dialogue Between Literary and Translation Studies | Elisabeth Herrmann and Chantal Wright


3. Vegetable Genius and the Loves of the Plants: Botany in German Poetry around 1800 | Linda Dietrick


4. Some Thoughts on Translating Eichendorff’s Poetry | Robert O. Goebel


5. Intertextuality, Gender, and Teaching “German” in English | Adrian Del Caro


6. Translating Hedwig Dohm | Eva Guenther


7. Translating a Life in Exile: Reflections on Johanna Kinkel | Angela Sacher


8. Translating the Third Reich: The Quiet Twin | Florentine Strzelczyk


9. Heimat on the Range vs Kosmo Noir: Edgar Wallace, Karl May, and Post-Second-World-War German Cinematic Translations of Anglo-American Popular Culture | Markus Reisenleitner


10. Translating Pain: Real to Reel. Memory, Mediation, and (Re)-Mediation in the Films of Sibylle Schönemann | Ute Lischke


11. Translating Pina for Pina | Carrie Smith-Prei


12. Before Sunrise: A Transmedial Cultural Translation of Vienna | Susan Ingram


13. Peter Handke’s Immer noch Sturm and the Search for Home and Identity between Cultures | Nicole Perry


14. Moving from Transcultural Literature to Literature of Movement in Der Weltensammler by Ilija Trojanow | Katelyn Petersen


15. Cultural Mediation in the Global Age: Integrating Translations into Literary Scholarship | James M. Skidmore


16. Experiential Education and Acts of Translation | Jean Wilson


17. Kissing the Frog: Reframing Translation in the Language Classroom | Paul M. Malone and Barbara Schmenk


18. Two-Stage Collaborative Translation in Language Learning and Assessment | Caroline L. Rieger


19. What New Music? On Versions of the Translating Self of Study Abroad | John L. Plews, Kim Misfeldt, and Feisal Kirumira


Translation and Translating in German Studies is a collection of essays in honour of Professor Raleigh Whitinger, a well-loved scholar of German literature, an inspiring teacher, and an exceptional editor and translator. Its twenty chapters, written by Canadian and international experts explore new perspectives on translation and German studies as they inform processes of identity formation, gendered representations, visual and textual mediations, and teaching and learning practices.

Translation (as a product) and translating (as a process) function both as analytical categories and as objects of analysis in literature, film, dance, architecture, history, second-language education, and study-abroad experiences. The volume arches from theory and genres more traditionally associated with translation (i. e., literature, philosophy) to new media (dance, film) and experiential education, and identifies pressing issues and themes that are increasingly discussed and examined in the context of translation.

This study will be invaluable to university and college faculty working in the disciplines in German studies as well as in translation, cultural studies, and second-language education. Its combination of theoretical and practical explorations will allow readers to view cultural texts anew and invite educators to revisit long-forgotten or banished practices, such as translation in (auto)biographical writing and in the German language classroom.