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)
Move Down

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.


Student typing into online course information.
Roundtable Discussion

Online Teaching at Universities: Challenges, Opportunities, Strategies

February 28, 2020
2020 Spring Lecture Series

“The Nineteenth-Century German Recitation Anthology and the Fortunes of Weltliteratur”

March 5, 2020
Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center

Der Fliegende Holländer

March 27, 2020
Deineka Weite
Graduate Student Conference

Idyll and Utopia 

April 17, 2020