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.


Karen Feldman

Critical affects: Suspicion and its others in the ‘Post-critical turn’ 

November 2, 2021
Blumenberg photo

Realität ist schlichtweg das Unverdächtige: On Blumenberg and Critical Affect

November 1, 2021
Deineka Weite

Idyll and Utopia 


October 8, 2021
Illustration of plantlife with old page edges torn

“Composition!”: On Parts and Wholes in Poetics (ca. 1800)


September 13, 2021