German Department Princeton

Ich verdiene mit einem Wort mein tägliches Brot durch Denken, Grübeln, Bohren, Graben, Sinnen, Dichten, Untersuchen, Forschen und Spazieren so sauer wie irgendeiner. Robert Walser
In a word, I earn my daily bread by thinking, brooding, drilling, digging, contemplating, poetizing, examining, researching, and walking – just as bitterly as anyone else. (The Walk, 1917)
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The Princeton German Department explores the language, literatures, intellectual history, arts and media of Germany and German-speaking cultures from the Middle Ages to the present. Our highly diverse and distinguished faculty employ the critical tools of multiple disciplines to investigate and appreciate the wide range of German cultural production, its significance for–and reception of–other cultures, and its continued importance for our current historical moment.



Threshold-Language: Paul Celan, Parmenides

November 16, 2020
Info Session

Summer Work Program Information Session

November 10, 2020

Blumenberg’s Moment 

October 16, 2020

Reading Benjamin Politically. The Historical Materialist

October 5, 2020