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“Of medium size, very well proportioned, meaty, but by no means clumsy, & of chestnut brown colour”: constellations of alterity in works by Léry, Forster, Eichendorff, Poe and Ortheil

A seminar by Dr Mario Grizelj (Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich) for the Centre for Translating Cultures

A Centre for Translating Cultures seminar
Date21 June 2017
Time15:30 to 17:00
PlaceQueens Building 1G

A seminar by Dr Mario Grizelj (Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich) for the Centre for Translating Cultures

This contribution takes up the challenge to engage closely with ‘Translating Cultures’. What does ‘alterity’ entail? What is described how and by whom as ‘strange’ – as opposed to ‘alien’? What are the narrative strategies to differentiate between social and cultural strangeness? What distinguishes real travel-reports (Lery, Forster, Ortheil) from those that are fictional (Eichendorff, Poe)? For the purpose of the analysis I will consider works by Léry (1578), Forster (1777), Eichendorff (1836), Poe (1838) and Ortheil (2014).

Dr. Mario Grizelj is Associate Professor for German at the Institute for German at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. He works, among other topics, on the “religious turn” (covering the 17th to the 21st centuries)


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