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Our department features eight German and three Scandinavian specialists, who collaborate fully in an intellectual enterprise focused on modernity. Our various sub-concentrations, which include philosophical and theoretical discourses, Holocaust- and memory-studies, film, visual culture, folk traditions and German Shakespeare Studies, represent substantive links to other departments and programs, in particular Philosophy, History, Judaic Studies, Art History, Music, English, Comparative Literature, Folklore and Cinema Studies.

With ample opportunity for study abroad, our more than 70 undergraduate majors pursue the B. A. with a focus in one of three areas: German Literature and Language; German Studies; Scandinavian. Language instruction covers German and Swedish.

Our innovative graduate curriculum is designed to provide M.A. and Ph.D. students with a firm grounding in modern (post-1750) German literature and to enable them to locate this literature within the context of modern European history and thought.


We are the editorial home of KONTUREN, a new online journal focusing on questions of shifting borderlines in German Studies and contemporary theory.

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Colloquium – Feb 11, 2015

Jacob Barto’s:

The Eerie Irony of Castalia: Hesse’s Challenges to Fascism

This presentation will cover the portion of my work on Hesse’s Glasperlenspiel focused on the novel’s implicit, but complicated critique of fascism, aesthetically and ethically. The narrator’s introduction, which Hesse rewrote multiple times before publication in order to appease Nazi censors, but which is also credited for eventually causing his books to be banned in Germany, has been discussed at length in terms of its more overt criticism of National Socialism. But aside from the more



New Book Published

Sonja Boos’s new book:

Speaking the Unspeakable in Postwar Germany: Toward a Public Discourse on the Holocaust

In this book, Professor Boos analyzes canonical speeches from the 1950s and 60s by Hannah Arendt, Theodor W. Adorno, Ingeborg Bachmann, Martin Buber, Paul Celan, Uwe Johnson, Peter Szondi, and Peter Weiss, to demonstrate how these speakers both facilitated and subverted the construction of a public discourse about the Holocaust in West Germany.

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New Posters

Check out our new posters made for some of our courses offered Spring 2015.

HUM 103 – Humanities III

GER 199 – German Conversation

GER 233 – Germany: A Multicultural Society?

GER 362 – Interpretive Models

GER 413 – Advanced Language Training: Speaking

GER 625 – Borne Beyond: Tradition and the Translation into the Modern

SCAN 317 – Directors, Movements & Manifestos

SCAN 341 - Modern Cultures: Revisiting the Scandinavian Dream