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Marilya Reese

Northern Arizona University
Professor of German
Flagstaff AZ
I was born in Oklahoma but educated in NJ, Germany, & Sweden in three languages until my Ph.D. from UT Austin in 1990 . Since then, I've been in Flagstaff at NAU. I was trained in literary translation by my dissertation director, ALTA co-founder A. Leslie Willson. If I had to name a translation idol other than Leslie, it would be Anthea Bell. My other areas of research are literature by Turkish-German authors as well as German-Jewish Holocaust survivors, & foreign language pedagogy. Literary translation was my first love in grad school and remains the field where I plan to be active well past retirement. My publications of poetry and prose translations from English to German & German to English since the Eighties number several hundred pages in refereed international translation journals and anthologies. I initiated literary translation as a tenurable research field at NAU in the mid-Nineties.