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   Date: 1/28/09 Bookmark and Share

Exhibition to Showcase Anti-War Writings

Brother of Renowned Poet to Speak at Opening

Ingeborg Bachmann

The Campus Center will be the site of a multimedia exhibition on the antiwar writings of Ingeborg Bachmann, an Austrian poetess who has long been considered one of the leading writers of German-speaking Europe after World War II.

Much of her poetry, prose and dramatic writings have been translated into English and many other languages. They will be on display from Monday, March 23, to Sunday, April 12, in the Campus Center upper lounges.

The turbulent times in which Bachmann (1926-1973) lived and wrote were hallmarked by wars, unrest and human suffering on an almost unimaginable scale and her writings as a whole are a response to this experience of humankind’s often destructive nature.

The opening of the exhibition, on Monday, March 23, at 4:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Carroll Room, will feature Ingeborg Bachmann’s brother, Dr. Heinz Bachmann, who will speak on his sister’s experience of war as a young girl in Carinthia, Austria.

This will be Dr. Bachmann’s only appearance with the traveling exhibition in the United States. Also presenting at the opening will be Bachmann scholar Sara Lennox, professor of German studies and director of the Social Thought and Political Economy Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and Peter Filkins, a poet and award-winning translator, who will read some of Bachmann’s poems in the original and in English translation.

The Department of German Studies and the Poetry Center of Smith College are hosting the event, and a reception will follow the presentations.


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