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Ziegler Lecture: Dr. Chunjie Zhang, “Bertolt Brecht’s Me-ti or the Aesthetics of Translation: Universal Love, Mutual Benefits, and Transience”
Join us on 15th March 2022 at 12.30pm for the virtual Ziegler Lecture Series, featuring Dr. Chunjie Zhang of the University of California at Davis. This talk is co-sponsored by the UBC Eurasia Research Cluster & the Centre for European Studies.

Title: "Bertolt Brecht’s Me-ti or the Aesthetics of Translation: Universal Love, Mutual Benefits, and Transience"

Abstract: Bertolt Brecht’s Me-ti. Buch der Wendungen (1965, Me-ti. Book of Transformation and Usage) is allegedly Brecht’s own German “translation” of Mozi, a book of ancient Chinese philosophy of Mohism, from an English translation. Yet Brecht’s self-ascribed role as the German translator and the alleged English translation of Mozi turn out both to be fictive. Then the issue of translation, which hasn’t been properly addressed in Me-ti scholarship, promises to take us to different contexts and yield a deeper understanding of Brecht’s textual and contextual practice. I argue that Brecht’s aesthetics of “translation” is situated between ancient Mohism and contemporaneous Marxism, between theory and practice, and between art and reality.

Bio: Chunjie Zhang is associate professor German at University of California, Davis. Engaging with postcolonial theory and German travel writing, literature, and philosophy around 1800, she is the author of "Transculturality and German Discourse in the Age of European Colonialism," published with Northwestern University Press in 2017.

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Mar 15, 2022 12:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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