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Carrie Collenberg-González

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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in World Languages & Literatures: German and University Honors


World Languages and Literatures




Arunika Senarath. Diese eine Nacht, Rhetoric -- Political aspects, Arunika Senarath -- Interviews




Arunika Senarath’s 2017 novel Diese eine Nacht [That One Night] addresses political themes ranging from right-wing extremism to racism to sexual assault, which are combined with the day-to-day life of the main character, a young woman attending university in Dresden. This combination is aimed to increase political engagement in young people by making difficult or complicated topics accessible, while also exposing them to a more diverse range of perspectives. The novel is situated in contemporary Dresden, examining the prominence of right-wing populist movements such as PEGIDA in former East Germany (GDR) and their impact on people of color. Although the situation in Germany served as inspiration for the book, the topics addressed are relevant in global discourse. As such, the translation of the novel becomes a political act, as it contributes to the perception of the source culture within the target linguaculture, making different perspectives accessible and relevant to the target audience - in this case, the English-speaking world. This thesis begins with a translation of the prologue and Chapters One, Two, Three, and Sixteen of Diese eine Nacht. An interview with the author about her writing process and goals follows, after which the rhetorical strategies relevant to appropriate register selection, pragmatic connotations of specific semantic terms, sociocultural narrative structures, and foreignization versus domestication are discussed.


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An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in University Honors and Applied Linguistics and German.

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