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.


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

A Conversation on Derrida and Post-Phenomenology 


April 27, 2021
Image of konservatorium with a spotlight on a violin and piano player with 7 individuals at the foot of the stage

The Silent Girl and the Furies:
The National-Socialist Underground on Trial

April 6, 2021