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.


Departmental Event

Sophomore Open House - April 10, 2024

The concentration declaration period for Spring 2024 is March 28-April 15, 2024

April 10, 2024
Reading Group

Arriving in the Present: Transcultural Perspectives in Contemporary German-Speaking Contexts—A Reading Group

February 20, 2024
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Berlin Consortium for German Studies Virtual Info Session

February 27, 2024
Four square images in variations of portrait Goethe
Spring 2024 Lecture Series

Goethe’s Philosophical Lexicon

March 19, 2024
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Graduate Student Workshop

Goethe’s Letters

April 5, 2024
Drawing and notes on parchment
Spring 2024 Lecture Series

Aby Warburg’s Ninfa: Leitmotif, Transformation, Afterlife, Reception

April 15, 2024