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“So horribly natural”: Portrait and Poetics in Wieland and Radcliffe by Nicola Gess

Nicola Gess

Professor of Modern German Literature
at the University of Basel

“So horribly natural”: Portrait and Poetics in Wieland and Radcliffe

Date: September 28, 2015

Location: 205 East Pyne

Time 4:30pm

..event is free and open to the public

Nicola Gess

PDF version of the event flyer is available here.

Christoph König – How to Modernize Hermeneutics?

Christoph König

Professor of Modern German Literature

Institut für Germanistik, Universität Osnabrück
How to Modernize Hermeneutics?

Readings of Rilke’s Late Poems

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
4:30 pm / 205 E. Pyne

This event is free and open to the public

Christoph Koenig PDF image of the event is here.

Dorothea von Mücke — Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Dorothea von Mucke-j

Princeton University
Department of German


Dorothea von Mücke
Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University

Aesthetic Experience and Pietistic Spirituality between True Christianity and the Beautiful Soul

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
205 E. Pyne / 4:30 pm

This event is free and open to the public.
Download the Dorothea von Mücke PDF Here

Graduate Symposium March 27th

Graduate Symposium March 27 2015DEPARTMENT of GERMAN
Princeton University

27 March 2015

2:30p – 5:30p

The Book Market, the Good Reader, and the Rise of “Fan Fiction” in 18th-Century Germany

“Hovering between all terminology”: Names and Measures in Goethe’s Cloud Studies

“Eine Hoffnungslose Beziehung”: (Un)Musical Notation in Ingeborg Bachmann’s Malina

Graduate Symposium March 27 2015

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Dept of German Open House — April 2nd

Department of German Open House

Where: East Pyne Room 207
When: 4:30pm, April 2, 2015

Come meet faculty, current majors and graduate students.


German Literature, German Philosophy & Intellectual History, Media and Aesthetics, Germanic Linguistics, Comparative Study of Two Literatures, Joint Program in German Culture and Politics

Certificate in German Language and Culture:

Princeton in Munich, Summer Work Program (SWP), and Berlin Study Abroad

Refreshments will be served.

Spring Open House Flyer Spring 2015

What Was World Literature? Early Modern Theories of Translation and the German Language

A lecture by Bethany Wiggin on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – Lecture at 4:30pm in 205 East Pyne

“What Was World Literature? Early Modern Theories of Translation and the German Language”

This lecture invites exploration of what we mean when we ask “What Is World Literature?” Returning to the suggestive definition offered by David Damrosch (world literature is “literature that gains in translation”), I probe different modes of translation into German, beginning with the late Goethe and moving backward in time. Drawing on examples from Opitz, Luther, Steinhoewel, et al, this lecture asks how we might conceive of world literature before global modernity and why today we might wish to do so.

Bethany wiggin

Devin Fore speaking at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study on February 18th

The next art history seminar at the Institute for Advanced Study will be held on February 18, 2016 at 6pm in the ground floor of the West Building. Fore’s talk, “Before Documentary: Ornament and Knowledge in Soviet Factography,” returns to a time before the consolidation of documentary as an aesthetic genre in the 1930s, focusing on the preceding moment when documentary was not yet a style but a method of scientific inquiry, even a mode of cognition. It examines three striking strategies of documentary inquiry in the film, photography and photomontage of the 1920s, asking of these experiments, What is the nature of documentary thought? All are welcome to attend.

IAS dinner

Department Of German Lecture Series – Spring 2015

Spring 2015 Lectures

The Weight of All Flesh: On the Subject-Matter of Political Economy
Eric Santner
Thursday, February 12th
106 McCormick – 4:30pm

What was World Literature? Early Modern Theories of Translation and the German Language
Bethany Wiggin
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
205 E. Pyne – 4:30pm

Aesthetic Experience and Pietist Spirituality between True Christianity and the Beautiful Soul
Dorothea von Mücke
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
205 E. Pyne – 4:30pm

How to Modernize Hermeneutics? Readings of Rilke’s Late Poems
Christoph König
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
205 E. Pyne – 4:30pm

Eric Santner: “The Weight of All Flesh: On the Subject-Matter of Political Economy”

The Spring 2015 German Department lecture series commences with a talk by Eric Santner, the Philip and Ida Romberg Distinguished Service Professor in Modern Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago.

Santner, whose recent work investigates sovereignty as a political, psychoanalytic, religious, and aesthetic phenomenon, will speak at 4:30PM on Thursday, February 12 in 106 McCormick. His talk pursues the entanglement of the human body in the normative dilemmas of political sovereignty in modernity, a topic which was also subject of Santner’s 2014 Tanner Lectures on Human Values at UC Berkeley.

Eric Santner is visiting Princeton in connection with the seminar “Psychoanalytic Turns in Art History and Literary Criticism,” taught by Brigid Doherty in Fall 2014. Santner’s lecture on Thursday, February 12, will serve as the keynote address for a colloquium on Friday, February 13, in which graduate students from the Departments of German, Art & Archaeology, Comparative Literature, French & Italian, and the School of Architecture will present research projects launched in that seminar. For more information on the colloquium, contact Brigid Doherty.

Santner has authored several important books, including The Royal Remains: The People’s Two Bodies and the Endgames of Sovereignty (2011),On Creaturely Life (2007), On the Psychotheology of Everyday Life: Reflections on Freud and Rosenzweig (2001), My Own Private Germany: Daniel Paul Schreber’s Secret History of Modernity (1996), and Stranded Objects: Mourning, Memory, and Film in Postwar Germany (1990). He also co-authored, with Slavoj Zizek and Kenneth Reinhard, The Neighbor: Three Inquiries in Political Theology (2005).

Eric Santner Flyer

December 9th Mini-Symposium on Heidegger’s Schwarze Hefte with Peter Gordon (Harvard) and Karsten Harries (Yale)

The Fall 2014 German Department Lecture Series will conclude with a mini-symposium at 4:30pm on Tuesday, December 9th in 010 East Pyne on Heidegger’s recently published Schwarze Hefte [Black Notebooks] . The event will consist of lectures by Peter Gordon (Amabel B. James Professor of History, Harvard College Professor, Harvard University) and Karsten Harries (Howard H. Newman Professor of Philosophy, Yale University). Anson Rabinbach (Professor of History, Princeton) will serve as the moderator.

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Prof. Gordon describes the stakes of his talk “Prolegomena to any Future Destruction of Metaphysics” as follows:

The official publication of the first set of Heidegger’s schwarze Hefte, or “black notebooks” (originally written between 1931 and 1941) has generated great controversy in the world of Continental philosophy. Composed during the very last years of the Weimar Republic and the formative years of the Third Reich, the notebooks reveal Heidegger’s private and political ruminations on many themes: the “failure” of his rectorship, the future of Germany in an age of technological metaphysics (or “Machenschaft”) and the need for an “other beginning” beyond the errors of the metaphysical tradition. They also reveal a deep and philosophically motivated strain of anti-Semitism beyond what was known before of the philosopher’s prejudices. For those who may still wish to take Heidegger seriously as a philosopher and are unwilling to dismiss his work as hopelessly contaminated by the ideology of National Socialism, the urgent question remains: How should we read him from this point forward, and what model of interpretation underwrites our encounter with his philosophy?

In his talk, entitled “The Most Recent Heidegger Controversy: Missing the Forest for a Few Trees,” Prof. Harries’ will argue that

Heidegger’s recently published Black Notebooks have been said to demonstrate once more his ongoing commitment to National Socialism, an essential connection between that commitment and his philosophical thought, and his obsession with ‘World Jewry,’ reason enough for us to dismiss him as a philosopher to be taken seriously. However, a thorough reading of the Black Notebooks calls all three claims into question. What the notebooks do show, in tiring and repetitive detail, is that Heidegger came to understand himself ever more decisively as an untimely thinker, who found it impossible to make his peace with the modern world, projecting that home of which he dreamed into an indefinite future. At issue is the legitimacy of the modern age.

The mini-symposium will be conducted in English and is free and open to the public.