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Last Language Standing Competition

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Election Brunch

Prize Winners

2017 Prize Ceremony

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Welcome 

Last Language Standing Competition

Last Language Standing Competition

Shea House

Shea House

Kaffeestunde

Kaffeestunde

Election Brunch

Election Brunch

Prize Winners

2017 Prize Ceremony

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Interests

German, Yiddish, and comparative literature since the late 18th century, German-Jewish culture, literary theory, translation and transmission of knowledge and texts

Extended Deadline: Walter H. Sokel Prize

Thanks to a generous grant from Prof. Walter H. Sokel (1917-2014), the German Department is offering a prize of $300 to the best essay of at least 3,500 words on German literature or culture. The essay may be in English or German. Students may submit revised and/or expanded essays completed for classes taught by the German Department. Final papers written for courses during Spring 2018 may be eligible.

Entries should be submitted to Prof. Paul Dobryden (pad9q@virginia.edu) by May 8.

Dr. Priscilla Layne (UNC Chapel Hill), “Afrofuturist Challenges to Humanism in the Fiction of Sharon Dodua Otoo"

Layne will speak on recent work by British writer Sharon Dodua Otoo, whose short story in German “Herr Gröttrup sits down” won the 2016 Bachmann literature prize. Layne argues that Otoo offers Afrofuturist and posthumanist narratives informed by Black feminist thought, approaching desubjectivation without becoming nihilistic or focusing on violence and sexuality, and instead offering more positive hopes for the future.

Co-sponsored by UVA’s Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures and the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies

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