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Princeton Preview 2019

The East Pyne Languages Open House was held during Princeton Preview on Tuesday April 9th and Monday April 15th. Department staff, faculty and students represented the French and Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, German, Slavic and Classics Departments. Accepted students and parents sampled international food delicacies while they learned about the exciting opportunities each department offers – study abroad programs, international research and internships, and courses on literature and culture.

collage of students, faculty and staff for 2019 Princeton Preview

East Pyne 2019 Princeton Preview

A Evening of Beethoven

On Saturday April 13, The Princeton Chamber Music Society and Department of German presented an evening of Beethoven’s chamber music. Through both instrumental and vocal works, the program examined the musical problems Beethoven dealt with across his career, and the very different solutions he found. Janice Cheon ’20, violin , Leland Ko ’20, cello, German majors and Sean Tolland whom is a PhD candidate in the German department, all participated in the event.

Welcome Juliane Rebentisch, our new Permanent Visiting Professor

The German Department is delighted to announce that the philosopher Juliane Rebentisch will join our faculty as a Permanent Visiting Professor starting in the Fall of 2019. A specialist in aesthetics, critical theory, ethics, political philosophy and contemporary art, Prof. Rebentisch is author of three books, Aesthetics of Installation Art (Suhrkamp/Sternberg, 2003), The Art of Freedom (Suhrkamp/Polity, 2012), and Theorien der Gegenwartskunst (Junius, 2013). In addition, she has edited countless volumes on subjects that range from queer subculture and the philosophy of language to negativity and the affects of capitalism. From 2015 to 2018 Rebentisch served as President of the German Society for Aesthetics. For more information on her work and projects…

New info about the Certificate in German Language and Literature

The Department of German offers students an opportunity to do sustained work in German language, literature, philosophy, art, and media while majoring in another department, leading to a Certificate in German Language and Culture. Certificate students can choose from the broad range of course offerings taught in both English and German. Classes extend from the middle ages to the contemporary moment, introduce diverse disciplinary perspectives including art history and philosophy, and engage with multiple critical paradigms, such as gender and media studies. Through vibrant classroom discussions and close advising relationships, the certificate program engages students who wish to advance their command of the German language and deepen their understanding of German culture.

The certificate program is open to undergraduates in all departments. Students are encouraged to consult with the departmental representative as early as in their freshmen or sophomore year to plan a program of study, but should not hesitate to contact the departmental representative about joining the certificate program at a later date.

Course Requirements:

1.Four courses at the 200 level or higher, at least two of which must be at the 300 level or higher. All courses must be taken for a grade (not PDF).

2.Evidence of substantial upper-level coursework in German. This requirement will be satisfied if three of the four course taken for the certificate were conducted in German, or if two were taught in German and one was conducted in English with a substantial German-language component. This option is available for all course taught in in the German Department as well as courses in other departments cross-listed with German. Students should consult with the course instructor regarding the German-language component at the beginning of the semester and submit the agreed-upon plan to the German departmental representative for approval by the end of the second week of classes.

Independent Work Requirement:

There are three ways to fulfill the Independent Work Requirement: (1) A substantial paper (15-20 pages if in English, 10-15 pages if in German; may be a revised version of a paper written for one of the four required courses); (2) a chapter from the senior thesis principally devoted to a German-related topic; (3) an additional 300-level class taught in German.

Welcome Ann Marie Rasmussen, 2019-20 Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching

The German Department is pleased to announce that Ann Marie Rasmussen, the Right Honourable John G. Diefenbaker Memorial Chair in German Literary Studies at the University of Waterloo, will spend the 2019-20 academic year in Princeton as the Stanley Kelley Jr. Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching in the Department of German.

A leader in the field of Medieval Studies in North America and Germany, Professor Rasmussen is the author of the path-breaking book Mothers and Daughters in Medieval German Literature (1997), one of the first monographs on canonical medieval German literature to focus on gender. Professor Rasmussen is also the editor of several influential volumes on Medieval gender studies, including Medieval Woman’s Song: Cross-Cultural Approaches (with Anne Klinck) (2002); Ladies, Whores, and Holy Women: A Sourcebook in Courtly, Religious, and Urban Cultures of Late Medieval Germany (with Sarah Westphal-Wihl) (2010); Visuality and Materiality in the Story of Tristan and Isolde (with Jutta Eming and Kathryn Starkey (2012)); and Rivalrous Masculinities (2018). In addition, she has authored numerous articles on these and other topics. Her current research focuses on medieval badges and their cultural meaning in a variety of contexts.

Before joining the faculty at the University of Waterloo, Professor Rasmussen taught at Duke University for twenty-five years, where she received the Graduate School Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring. The PhD students she has mentored over the years are now working at the following institutions: Princeton University, Lewis & Clark College, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, UC Davis, Michigan State University, Dartmouth College, University of Notre Dame, Ohio Wesleyan, and St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

At Princeton, Professor Rasmussen will be teaching two undergraduate classes, one focused on gender and material culture called “Rivalrous Masculinities,” which will involve student projects connected to objects and works of art in Princeton’s Art Museum, and one on gender and German literature, which will be a survey of female authors in the German literary tradition. In addition, she will be holding graduate workshops on a variety of topics related to professionalization.

For more information on Professor Rasmussen’s visit, please contact Professor Sara S. Poor.

Schubertiade: An Evening of Stories, Philosophy, and Song

On December 1, the German Department joined the Princeton Chamber Music Society and PhD candidate Rachel Bergmann in the Chancellor Green Rotunda for Schubertiade: An Evening of Stories, Philosophy, and Song. Together with Bergmann (Department of Comparative Literature), singers Neel Nagarayan, Megan Ormsbee, Maddy Kushan, and Kevin Williams, and pianists Seho Young, John Hoffmeyer, Charlie Liu, and Chris Parton presented an interdisciplinary Liederabend integrating scholarship with performance in a program of ten songs. The first set explored the aesthetics of art song, the second the politics of Schubert’s innovations in Lied form in the context of his historical moment. Refreshments greeted performers and audience at intermission, in keeping with the festive and domestic origins of the Schubertiade tradition.

An unusual collaboration between graduate students and undergraduates, Schubertiade was co-sponsored with the Department of Comparative Literature.

Three students with Schubertiade Poster in East Pyne

Image: courtesy of J.Lande with left to right: John W. Hoffmeyer, Janice Cheon and Rachel J. Bergmann.

The German Department is happy to announce a new book publication from Emeritus Stanley Corngold

Walter Kaufmann was a charismatic philosopher, critic, translator, and poet who taught with great success at Princeton from 1947 until his untimely death in 1980. He is mainly noted for his first book on Friedrich Nietzsche, whom he put under the head of “Dionysian Enlightenment” and set in motion a continuing, decades-long preoccupation with Nietzsche by American philosophers. Kaufmann declared that he had put his life and soul in the pages of his many books; in this intellectual biography, which Kirkus Reviews calls “luminous,” Stanley Corngold aims to preserve Kaufmann’s legacy.

Jacket Cover Walter Kaufmann Philospoher, Humanist, Heretic by Stanley Corngold

The German Department is happy to announce a new book publication from Professor Joel Lande

Persistence of Folly challenges the accepted account of the origins of German theater by focusing on the misunderstood figure of the fool, whose spontaneous and impish jest captivated audiences, critics, and playwrights from the late sixteenth through the early nineteenth century. Lande expands the usual scope of literary historical inquiry, showing that the fool was not a distraction from attempts to establish a serious dramatic tradition in the German language. Instead, the fool was both a fixture on the stage and a nearly ubiquitous theme in an array of literary critical, governmental, moral-philosophical, and medical discourses, figuring centrally in broad-based efforts to assign laughter a proper time, place, and proportion in society.

Persistence of Folly reveals the fool as a cornerstone of the dynamic process that culminated in the works of Lessing, Goethe, and Kleist. By reorienting the history of German theater, Lande’s work shows that the highpoint of German literature around 1800 did not eliminate irreverent jest in the name of serious drama, but instead developed highly refined techniques for integrating the comic tradition of the stage fool.

The German Department is happy to announce a new book publication from Emeritus Ted Ziolkowski

Because of Romanticism’s vast scope, most treatments have restricted themselves to single countries or to specific forms,
notably literature, art, or music. This book takes a wider view by considering in each of six chapters representative examples of works — from across Europe and across a range of the arts — that were created in a single year. This approach by “stages” makes it possible to determine characteristics of six stages of Romanticism in its historical and intellectual context and to note the conspicuous differences between these stages as European Romanticism developed.

Book cover with spline and back jacket of Stages-of-European-Romanticism_Cover

German Language Tables

Forbes College hosted by Allison Murawski on Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Wilson College hosted by Prof. Joel Lande on Tuesdays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Whitman College hosted by Sean Toland on Mondays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Rockefeller College hosted by the Princeton German Association on Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Graduate students are welcome!

(Sean’s table will always be outside the card-checker area, so graduate students and upperclassmen without meal plans can attend)