Research Areas

Artwork by Valie Export

VALIE EXPORT (Austrian, b. 1940). Aus der Mappe der Hundigkeit (From the Portfolio of Doggedness), 1968.

In addition to the German literary tradition from the Middle Ages to the present, our faculty also specializes in intellectual history from 1700 to the present.


Critical Theory and Media Theory

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Media Iconography, Berlin (2013). Image Credit: Thomas Y. Levin

Through its editions and publications, the German Department in Princeton has a strong focus on critical theory and early 20th century media theory.

Walter Benjamin

Michael Jennings serves as the general editor of the standard English-language edition of Benjamin’s works.

Walter Benjamin, Selected Writings (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, four volumes, 1996ff.). General editor: Michael Jennings. Editorial board: Marcus Bullock, Howard Eiland, Gary Smith.

  1. Volume I: Metaphysics of Youth, Writings 1912–1926, Michael Jennings and Marcus Bullock, eds., 520 pp., 1996
  2. Volume II: Crisis and Criticism, Writings 1926–1934, Michael Jennings, Howard Eiland, and Gary Smith, eds, 870 pp., 1999
  3. Volume III: Paris, Capital of the Nineteenth Century, Writings 1935–1938, Michael Jennings and Howard Eiland, eds.,462 pp., 2002
  4. Volume IV: On the Concept of History, Writings 1938–1940, Michael Jennings and Howard Eiland, eds., 478 pp., 2003

Walter Benjamin, The Writer of Modern Life: Essays on Charles Baudelaire. Ed. Michael W. Jennings. (Cambridge: Belknap, 2006).

Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility and other Writings on Media, Michael W. Jennings, Brigid Doherty, and Thomas Y. Levin Eds., (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2008).

Siegfried Kracauer

Siegfried Kracauer, The Mass Ornament. Weimar Essays. Translated, edited and with an introduction by Thomas Y. Levin (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995).

Michael Kessler and Thomas Y. Levin, Eds., Siegfried Kracauer. Neue Interpretationen (Tübingen: Stauffenburg Verlag, 1990).

Thomas Y. Levin, Siegfried Kracauer. Eine Bibliographie seiner Schriften (Marbach am Neckar: Deutsche Schillergesellschaft 1989).

Thomas Y. Levin, “Neue Kracauer-Texte: Eine bibliographische Meldung,” Jahrbuch der Deutschen Schiller-Gesellschaft 35 (1991): 460-462

Thomas Y. Levin, “The English-language Reception of Kracauer’s Work: A Bibliography,” In: New German Critique 54 (1991): 183-189


Medieval Studies


Medieval German Texts in Bilingual Editions

The series is designed for classroom use in German and Medieval Studies as well as for the more advanced scholar in fields adjacent to that of German literature.

It is published by Medieval Institute Publications and belongs to The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages (TEAMS). Prof. Sara S. Poor became General Editor of the series in 2009, succeeding Prof. Michael Curschmann.




Athenäum was founded in 1991 as a scholarly journal dedicated to research on German romanticism by Ernst Behler, Jochen Hörisch, and Günter Oesterle. Manfred Frank joined the board of editors in 1996. Since 2008, it is edited by Ulrich Breuer (Mainz) and Nikolaus Wegmann (Princeton) as Athenäum – Jahrbuch der Friedrich Schlegel-Gesellschaft.