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Foreign Languages and Literatures Department Faculty Publish Variety of Works

Faculty members in Old Dominion's Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures have been busy publishing a wide breadth of works, from a translation of Jules Verne to a book about Nazi legacy in literature and film to academic texts. According to department chair Angelica Huizar, associate professor of Spanish and international studies, these works showcase the rich variety of academic research conducted within the department.

In April, Professor of French Peter Schulman's edited work, "'The Secret of Wilhelm Storitz': The First English Translation of Verne's Original Manuscript by Jules Verne," was published by the University of Nebraska Press. It is the first time the text, said to be Verne's most daring and hauntingly beautiful novel, has been translated into English.

According to Publisher's Weekly, Schulman stays true to the original text. "Schulman provides notes on colloquialisms and does not shy away from Verne's anti-German sentiment. No Verne collection will be complete without this volume, which includes the original haunting ending."

Also released this spring was Professor of German Frederick Lubich's edited work, "Mother Tongue, Lengua Materna, Muttersprache: From National Breaks to Transnational Bridges." It was published in a special edition of Trans-Lit2 by the Society for Contemporary American Literature in German.

Betty Rose Facer, senior lecturer of French, teamed with M'hammed Abdous, associate vice president for teaching and learning with technology, to edit the book "Academic Podcasting and Mobile Assisted Language Learning: Applications and Outcomes." The volume was published in December 2010 by Information Science Reference.

Heidi Schlipphacke, associate professor of German, is the author of "Nostalgia After Nazism: History, Home and Affect in German and Austrian Literature and Film." The book maps nostalgia in the works of seminal post-Holocaust German and Austrian authors and filmmakers and contrasts the experience of these filmmakers with those from other European countries.

In her research, Schlipphacke concludes that a compulsive fixation with the Nazi past has resulted, in a hesitant engagement with the post-national discourses of globalization. The book was published by Bucknell University Press in June 2010.

This article was posted on: August 17, 2011

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