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January 2011 - Nr. 1
Happy New Year from Echo Germanica

A 1993 PhD graduate of UW’s Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures (now Germanic and Slavic Studies), Jean M. Snook returned to campus in October on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of our Faculty to receive the Jean Snook and Barbara Schmenkdistinguished Arts Alumni Award. Dr. Snook is now a long-serving professor of German at Memorial University, St. John’s, Nfld. and was honoured for her teaching, scholarship and national service in the profession. A highly active researcher and translator, Dr. Snook has written, edited, and translated books on and by Heinrich Heine, expressionist poetry, Else Laske-Schüler, Luise Rinser, and Evelyn Grill, in addition to many scholarly articles on literary topics, dozens of entries in literary encyclopaedias, and nigh to a hundred scientific works associated with forensics and allied subjects. On the occasion of receiving this distinction she was also ‘welcomed home’ by the department and invited to read from her most recent translations of two Austrian novels, Kahn and Engelmann (Biblioasis, 2009) by the late, celebrated Canadian Germanist Hans Eichner, and The Distant Sound (Champaign and London: Dalkey, 2010) by Gert Jonke. The forty colleagues, students, and members of the community present, including some of Dr. Snook’s former professors at Waterloo (Manfred Kuxdorf, Wilbur Maust, Manfred Richter) first heard current UW German professor Barbara Schmenk read excerpts from the original German texts, followed by Snook’s translations, delivered with flair. Libations, a lively reception, and a book-signing opportunity followed.

Jean M. Snook, Jean Snook, Arts Alumni Award, Newfoundland, Canada

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