Department of Germanic Studies

Talk by Dr. Kearney: Trenchkmann's Die Lateiner am Possum Creek

Wed, March 11, 2020 | BUR 337

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Talk by Dr. Kearney: Trenchkmann's Die Lateiner am Possum Creek

Talk by Dr. Kearney

 

Trenchkmann's Die Lateiner am Possum Creek

W. A. Trenckmann came of age during the Civil War in Millheim, TX, one of the Lateiner (freethinking or Forty-Eighter) commu- nities strongly associated with German descent in Texas during the war. His historical novel, roman á clef, and Bildungsroman all rolled into one, Die Lateiner am Possum Creek; a Texas Story, addresses the complicated re ex of Germans in Texas to seces- sion and slavery even as it provides a wonderful window into everyday life during the war. Using his own family and commu- nity as a model, he constructs a love story of a young man faced with conscription and torn between his teacher, who is adamant- ly opposed to slavery and secession, and his father, who is more practical in his outlook. This is the only Homefront novel in Texas literature written by a contemporary.

Sponsored by: The Department of Germanic Studies, Texas German Dialect Project, and the Texas Language Center

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