On the occasion of the colloquium “German-language Literature in Southern Brazil” Gerson Roberto Neumann (currently Alexander von Humboldt-Fellow at the University of Potsdam), Ottmar Ette (Chair for Romance Literature at the University of Potsdam), and Paulo Astor Soethe (Chair for German and German literature at the Federal University of Paraná in Curitiba) will discuss status and tendencies of literature written in German language in the context of Southern Brazil. One central argument will be the historical situation of German immigrants in search of a new life in a new ambience.
In addition, the speakers will present current projects and activities concerning various works, authors and intellectual discourses in the context of transatlantic processes of intellectual and literary interchange. They will also focus on the inventories of archives, situated in Brazil and written in German language, that still can be considered as insufficiently investigated by scholarly debate and research.
Embassy of Brazil, Wallstraße 57, 10179 Berlin
19 May 2015 / 6 pm
Language: German Registration is requested (firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel. 030-72628 131)
New research project: “The German Literature in 19th Century Brazil. A Literature of no fixed Abode.”
Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Gerson Roberto Neumann (Prof. of German Literature and Comparative Literature, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS – Brazil). The project is funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
Gerson Roberto Neumann (Prof. of German Literature and Comparative Literatur, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS – Brazil).
This project aims at discussing a literature which cannot be incorporated in any history of literature and deals with a literary production in German but written in Brazil. The theme of this literature is the relationship of German immigrants in Brazil and the quest for a new life in this context. This production is neither mentioned in Brazilian literature nor in German literature. It is, due to that reason, a literature without a place, in between two different contexts. Based on both Brazilian and German theories regarding this theme, and also on long discussions at congresses and other events, this issue will be discussed in depth here, aiming at bringing this literary production to a place where it can be seen and heard.