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.


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Graduate Student Workshop

Assembling and Disassembling. Working with the Farocki Institut’s Archive

March 21, 2023
Departmental Event

Sophomore Open House 

The concentration declaration period for Spring 2023 is March 30-April 17, 2023.

March 23, 2023
Three books with jackets facing viewer
Reading Group

Arriving in the Present:

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

March 28, 2023
Opera performance
Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center

Der Rosenkavalier - Wait list only 

April 15, 2023

Epistemological Reconfigurations in Queer German Cinema

April 17, 2023