Encounters: Dörte Hansen and Anne Stokes in Conversation

Encounters: Dörte Hansen and Anne Stokes in Conversation
11 May 2021, 6.00pm - 7.00pm
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This Encounter features author Dörte Hansen, whose novel Altes Land (2015) was voted 'Favourite Book of the Year' by German independent booksellers in the year of its publication, and Anne Stokes, whose translation of the novel was published by St Martin’s Press under the title This House is Mine (2016) and was long-listed for the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award. The novel tackles issues of refuge, home-making and belonging across the past century, focusing on women of several generations, who find refuge in an old farm building in Northern Germany and against the odds make it their home. The event offers an opportunity to listen to author and translator discussing text, context, and translation process ― and to join in their conversation. 

Dörte Hansen was born in 1964 in Husum and studied linguistics at the Universities of Kiel and Galway. She wrote her dissertation on multilingualism and language contacts at the University of Hamburg and then worked as a writer and editor for radio and the press. Her first novel, Altes Land, published in 2015, has been translated into more than ten languages. Her second book, Mittagsstunde, was published in 2018, to similar acclaim. 

Anne Stokes holds a PhD degree in German literature from Ohio State University and a PhD in English literature (creative writing and literary translation) from the University of Glasgow. She co-directs the Translation Studies programmes at the University of Stirling, and translates literary and academic texts from the German, including work by Sarah Kirsch (Ice Roses: Selected Poems [Carcanet, 2014]) and Christian Adam (Lesen Unter Hitler, which will appear later this year as Bestsellers of the Third Reich: Readers, Writers and the Politics of Literature [Berghahn, 2021]).

This Encounter will take place online, via Zoom. Participation is free, but advance registration is essential. 

The event is sponsored by the Keith Spalding Trust (University of London).

More about the Encounters series

Precarious Homes – Narratives and Practices of Home-Making in Turbulent Times

This event series takes its cue from the CCWW Conference "'Where are you from?' to 'Where shall we go together?' Re-imagining Home and Belonging in 21st-Century Women's Writing", hosted at the IMLR in September 2020. Dedicated to further exploration of literary and theoretical conceptualisations of home-making, the series considers women’s writing in context, using various formats -  reading groups, a symposium, and an author/translator conversation. 

Programme of events (PDF)


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