A Dialogue on Translating Are They Women? A Novel Concerning the Third Sex with Nisha Kommattam and Margaret Sönser Breen

WhenJanuary 15, 2021 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
WhereOther Location
Contact InformationComparative Literature Department
DescriptionA Dialogue on Translating Are They Women? A Novel Concerning the Third Sex with Nisha Kommattam and Margaret Sönser Breen

Deeply engaged in women’s rights debates and discussions of the “third sex,” Are They Women? is about the lively communities of lesbians across turn-of-the-century central Europe. It is one of the first lesbian novels written in German—indeed, in any language—and one of the very few pre-Second Wave feminist texts to provide a positive and romantic portrait of lesbians. A work of popular literature with cultural significance, Are They Women? is both highly readable and remarkably progressive for its time. This is the first complete English translation of the novel. The historical appendices provide contemporary materials on homosexuality, including fresh translations of lesbian and feminist essays, as well as compelling images from German feminist periodicals of the time.

Please email Ingrid Sagor (isagor@uchicago.edu) or Kris Trujillo (kjtrujillo@uchicago.edu) for the Zoom link and password
CategoriesConferences/Lectures, Discussions, Readings, Arts, Diversity, Graduate Students
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