Festival Neue Literatur
Nov. 12 - 13 - 14, 2021
I invite you to participate in the 11th annual Festival Neue Literatur, "the first and only festival to spotlight German-language and American fiction". The festival is organized in NYC by a consortium of cultural institutions in NYC, but it is being held this year online, and participation is free of charge. This year's theme is Turn and Face the Strange: "The books featured this year explore the strangeness, uncanniness, and eeriness that sometimes lurks just beneath the surface of daily life and that can break out full force in times of change—whether large or small, internal or external, real or imagined, spatial or temporal."
This year the festival is featuring six celebrated, prize-winning authors with highly varied and international backgrounds, including the University of Chicago's very own Isabel Fargo Cole (BA 1995):
Anna Baar (Austria): Die Farbe des Granatapfels ("The Color of Pomegranate")
Isabel Fargo Cole (Germany): Das Gift der Bienen ("Bee Venom/The Poison of Bees")
Judith Keller (Switzlerand): Die Fragwürdigen ("The Questionable Ones")
Benjamin Quaderer (Liechtenstein): Für immer die Alpen ("The Alps Forever")
Sasha Marianna Salzmann (Germany): Ausser Sich ("Beside Oneself")
Ivna Žic (Switzerland): Die Nachkommenden ("Those Who Come Later")
See more detailed information as well as registration instructions at http://festivalneueliteratur.org/festival/theme
Here at the University of Chicago I will host a follow-up meeting on Monday, Nov. 16th (time and place TBD), where we will discuss any of the events that you attended. The festival has an ambitious program, and it's unlikely that any of our busy students will be able to attend everything. I recommend prioritizing these first two events:
1. Words With Writers - Friday, November 12 at 12:00 PM
Selected students from Columbia University, Rutgers University, New York University and the University of Chicago -- including our very own James Korzenik (BA Germanic Studies, 2021)!! -- take on FNL authors in a lightning round of literary interviews.
2. The Author's Voice - Friday, November 12 at 6:00 PM
The six German-language authors of Festival Neue Literatur pair up with past participants of Festival Neue Literatur to give a sampling from their work in both the original and English-language translation, providing a taste of new writing from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.
Please rsvp to [email protected] if you plan to attend any events of the festival and participate in the follow-up meeting. I will work with those who rsvp to find a time on Monday, Nov. 15th, that works for everyone.
That weekend there will also be three panel discussions, all of which will be available online:
3. Poisoned Roots - Saturday, November 13 at 1:00 PM
The after-effects of war—hot or cold—reverberate through generations. This panel will explore how experiences of war shape even generations and societies who believe they’ve been spared. This is nothing new: as Homer warned, “Beware the toils of war . . . the huge dragnet sweeping up the world.” Can literature build antibodies by bringing those toxins to light?
4. Who are You Calling Strange?: How Translation Can Challenge Established Norms and Narratives - Saturday, November 13 at 4:00 PM
The festival’s signature translation event returns to explore how translation can refine and even redefine dominant historical and socio-political norms and narratives. Translation Pairings: I. Sawako Nakayasu and Katrine Jensen II. Jill Schoolman and Archipelago Translators Peter Wortsman, Mary Ann Newman, and Tess Lewis III. Isabel Fargo Cole and Jennifer Croft
5. Alternate Realities - Sunday, November 14 at 1:00 PM
How can fiction help us question our assumptions about what seems most familiar? This panel will explore the way literature can sharpen our sense of realit(ies) by unsettling us. If Wittgenstein was right that the limits of our language are the limits of our world, how can we expand those limits?
Associate Instructional Professor of German
Department of Germanic Studies
The University of Chicago
1050 E 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
FESTIVAL NEUE LITERATUR brings New York audiences new writing from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and the United States, as the first and only festival to spotlight German-language and American fiction. We are delighted to announce that our 2021 Festival will take place from November 11 through Nove...