Reading Across Literatures: Multilingualism, Translation and Comparison
7.5 credits cr.
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What happens when an author switches language or decides to combine multiple tongues in his or her works? Can we appreciate poems written in a language that we do not understand? This course examines the relationship between literature and multilingualism, introducing current theories on literary multilingualism and translation.
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In addition to the theoretical focus, a selection of literary works in different languages (read in original or in translation depending on the students' specializations) will be studied in detail. The comparative focus of the course aims to highlight the crucial role of multilingualism and translation in the production and reception of literature of the 20th and early-21st century.
The theme of the course is tied to one of four main streams of the international literary studies conference Revolutions in Reading: Literary Practice in Transition to be held at Stockholm University 21-23 June, 2021.
This is an optional course within the Master's Programme in Literature, 7,5 ECTS.
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Instruction is given in the form of seminars. Attendance at the seminars is mandatory.
The course is examined on the basis of a written assignment in the form of a paper and an oral presentation in the form of a discussion of a theoretical or a literary text.
The language of the oral presentation is English. The language of the written assignment in the form of a paper is English, German or Swedish.
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