German Department Princeton

Unser schreibzeug arbeitet mit an unseren gedanken. Friedrich Nietzsche
Our writing tools are also at work on our thoughts. (Friedrich Nietzsche in a letter to his secretary Peter Gast. February 1882)
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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.


Copy of Erich von Hornbostel’s wax cylinder recording of a Wendish folk song
Fall 2023 Lecture Series

Sounds in Wax: Musicology, Linguistics, and the World as a Resource

September 18, 2023
students walking through East Pyne Arch
Graduate Student Workshop

Viktoria Tkaczyk

September 20, 2023
Reading Group
Reading Group

Arriving in the Present:

Transcultural Perspectives in Contemporary German-Speaking Contexts—A Reading Group

October 3, 2023