Reading Group

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

February 20 – April 2, 2024

Images of Deniz Ohde, Streulicht (novel, 2021), Mithu Sanyal, Identitti (novel, 2022) and İlker Çatak, Das Lehrerzimmer (film, 2023).

We are pleased to announce the continuation of our reading group, the first phase in a three-part initiative to expand and diversify the community of the Department of German at Princeton by fostering the study of an increasingly relevant field in German Studies: “Transnational Literatures” and “Literature of (Post-) Migration.” A group organized by Professors Sara S. Poor, Barbara N. Nagel, Graduate student Zeytun West and consisting of faculty and students from Princeton, Rutgers, and University of Pennsylvania will be in dialogue about new works being discussed in social media, cultural venues, and in academic circles.

Our objectives are twofold:

1) to familiarize ourselves with recent primary materials (short story, novel, film, drama); and

2) to foster connections between Germanists both here and at our neighboring institutions


Feb. 20 — Deniz Ohde, Streulicht (novel, 2021)

-Location TBD

March 5 — Mithu Sanyal, Identitti (novel, 2022)

-Location TBD

April 2 — İlker Çatak, Das Lehrerzimmer (film, 2023)

-Location TBD


Books will be supplied for up to 20 participating students.


Email Zeytun West to participate.

Made possible with generous support provided by Humanities Council Collaborative Humanities Grant