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Students who are reading German at their home institution can take courses in translation and poetry at St Edmund Hall. Visiting students will usually be taught alongside second-year undergraduates. A translation exercise will be sent to students before they begin the course. In exceptional circumstances it may be necessary to place students in the first or final year cohorts. Visiting students are encouraged to attend relevant lectures at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages. These are advertised termly on the Modern Languages WebLearn site.

Translation into English (Major (8 hours))
Michaelmas Term:Students are introduced to translation theory before working on their own translations of extracts from a series of German-language texts by twentieth-century writers (e.g. Robert Musil, Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, Christa Wolf, Monika Maron).  
Hilary Term: Students choose a German-language text to present to the class, explaining its historical and literary context, as well as the issues it raises for a translator. Students complete a translation of extracts from the selected texts. 
Trinity Term: Students work together and independently, translating a selection of literary and journalistic texts from German into English. 

All students taking translation will be expected to learn vocabulary for a weekly test. They will submit four pieces of written work per term.

Suggested Introductory Reading
Susan Bassnett, Translation Studies (New York, NY: Routledge, 2002)
David Bellos, Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: The Amazing Adventure of Translation (London: Penguin, 2012)
Sándor Hervey et al, Thinking German Translation (New York, NY: Routledge, 2006)
Poetry (Major (8 hours) or minor (4 hours))
Michaelmas Term
Weeks 1-4: 
Tutorials include an introduction to studying poetry and discussions of poems by Bertolt Brecht and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; 
Hilary Term: Tutorials will focus on Medieval and Baroque poetry (Weeks 1-4);
Romantic poetry and ‘Dinggedichte’ (Weeks 5-8)

Students will be expected to write two substantial pieces of written work for a minor, or four for a major. 

Suggested Introductory Reading
Judith Ryan, The Cambridge Introduction to German Poetry (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)

Prose Works
Students can opt to take a major or minor in Prose Works or Literature and War. These can be studied in German either as a major (8 tutorials) or as a minor (4 tutorials). These will be taught in one-on-one tutorials or in small groups with other visiting students.  Students focus on one text per tutorial and should choose from the following list:

  • Goethe, Die Leiden des jungen Werthers (1774; 1787)
  • Kleist, The Marquise of O— (1808)
  • Hoffmann, The Sandman (1816)
  • Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front (1929)
  • Kafka, Metamorphosis (1915)
  • Schnitzler, Dream Story (1926)
  • Grass, The Tin Drum (1959)
  • Wolf, The Quest for Christa T. (1968)
  • Sebald, Austerlitz (2001)
  • Grass, Crabwalk (2002)
Literature and War
This is offered as a minor (4 tutorials).
  • Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen, Simplicissimus (Dedalus, 1999)
  • Ernst Jünger, In Stahlgewittern (Klett-Cotta, 2015) - a soldier's account of World War One. It can also be studied alongside Erich Maria Remarque’s Im Westen nichts Neues (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2014)
  • Günter Grass, Im Krebsgang (Steidl, 2002)
  • Uwe Timm, Am Beispiel meines Bruders (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2003)

College lecturer Dr Alex Lloyd
College lecturer Dr Alex Lloyd