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Jansen, Peter K. mss., 1836-2005

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
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Jansen, Peter K.

Jansen, Peter K. mss., 1836-2005

Collection No.
LMC 2704

ca. 350 items

Materials are in English.

The Jansen, Peter K. mss., 1836–2005, consists primarily of manuscripts, drafts, correspondence and other material relating to translations into English from the German made by Peter K. Jansen (1934–2007) over the course of his career.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Peter K. Jansen, born in Essen, Germany, completed his M.A. and Ph.D at the University of Illinois. After working both at the University of Illinois and Indiana University, he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago in 1968, where he remained until his retirement in 1999. In addition to his scholarship, Jansen was an accomplished literary translator, and taught the theory and practice of translation at Chicago.


The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Essays; III; Translations; IV. Miscellaneous.

Scope and Content Note

The Jansen, Peter K. mss., 1836–2005, consists primarily of manuscripts, drafts, correspondence and other material relating to translations into English from the German made by Peter K. Jansen (1934–2007) over the course of his career. Included with his papers are extensive correspondence relating to his family in Germany from the mid–19th well into the twentieth century.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 2009
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
Jansen, Peter K. mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Processing Information
Processed by Craig S. Simpson.

Completed in 2010.

Series: Box 1 I. Correspondence

Arranged chronologically by correspondent.

Folder 1-3 Family correspondence: 1856–1959

(ca. 200 letters)

Folder 4 Other correspondence: 1990–1996

(2 letters and 1 postcard, Vinzinczey, Stephen; 1 letter, Wolf, Christa)

Series: Box 1 II. Essays

All essays by Peter Jansen, arranged alphabetically by title.

Folder 5 "Heinrich Leopold Wagner: A Re-evaluation"

Folder 6 Henry James and Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Folder 7 "Hochmut kommt vor dem Fall: Zu Balladen von Ludwig Uhland und Bertolt Brecht"

Folder 8 "The Pleasures and Pain of Translating Thomas Bernhard"

Folder 9 "You Can't Get There From Here: The Limits of Translatability and the Triumph of Translation, or: Confessions of a Reluctant Translator"

Series: Box 1 III. Translations

All translations by Peter Jansen, arranged alphabetically by original author, unless noted otherwise.

Folder 10 Andriopoulos, Stefan: Besessene Körper

Includes correspondence with publishers, and annotated vetting by Kenneth Northcott of Jansen's translation sample

Folder 11-13 Benn, Gottfried: "Essays" ; "Poems" ; "Prose"

Folder 14-17 Bernhard, Thomas: Amras

Includes correspondence with publisher, and contract; first draft; penultimate draft; second draft

Folder 18 Gauss, Karl–Markus: Die Hundeesser von Svinia

Folder 19 Haller, Christian: Das schwarze Eisen

(German text only)

Folder 20 Jansen, Sarah: SchādlingeIncludes correspondence with publishers

Folder 21 Klüssendorf, Angelika: "Yvette Intim," from Alle leben so

Folder 22 Strauss, Botho: Seven Doors

Folder 23 Vertlib, Vladimir: "A Jew, how interesting!"

Folder 24 Various authors: Berlin im Lichte der Nacht

(Grube, Dieter, ed.)

Folder 25 Unidentified author: "The Duck in the Bottle"

Series: Box 1 IV. Miscellaneous

Folder 26 Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize material

Folder 27 Reviews of English–language theater productions

Folder 28 Vetting of Kenneth Northcott's translation of Siegfried Unseld's Goethe und der Ginko

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