GERM 334
Playing with Language in Austrian Literature: Interpretation, Translation, Writing Spring 2020
Division I Writing Skills
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In his Chandos-Brief, Hugo von Hofmannsthal famously details a writer’s crisis of language, in the process creating, ironically, a stunningly beautiful piece of linguistic art. Since 1902, when Hofmannsthal presented his paradoxical fictional manifesto, language has preoccupied many Austrian writers. This course will provide the opportunity to explore the intricacies of the German language via three routes: the study and interpretation of Austrian short stories from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, experiments with translating poetry and prose from German to English, and creative writing in German. The latter will take place in the context of workshops with the contemporary Austrian writer Gabriele Petricek, who will spend two weeks in Williamstown as a Writer-in Residence. In addition to Hofmannsthal, authors read might include Arthur Schnitzler, Joseph Roth, Franz Kafka, Ingeborg Bachmann, Ilse Aichinger, Ernst Jandl, Elisabeth Reichart, and Gerhard Roth.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: none
Expected: 8
Class#: 3372
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, two 3- to 5- page analytical papers, one short translation plus a discussion of translation process, one short creative piece
Prerequisites: GERM 202 or the equivalent
Enrollment Preferences: German majors and other serious students of German
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
WS Notes: Two analytical papers, both revised; one translation, including a written reflection on process, and a workshopped creative piece. All writing in German.

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