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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Departmental Event

Class Day 2022 


May 23, 2022
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Graduate Student Conference

The Automated Condition. Manifestations and Narratives in Art, Literature and Culture

May 11, 2022
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After 1989, or a Modernist Poetics of History?

April 18, 2022
Departmental Event

Sophomore Open House 

March 15, 2022