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The Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago is made up of a small group of core faculty members working at the cutting edge of literary and cultural studies. They bring together expertise in literary history, intellectual history, literary and cultural theory, the German philosophical tradition, opera, theater and performance studies, cinema studies, psychoanalysis, and visual studies. The department has also recently developed considerable strengths in Scandinavian Studies and Yiddish language and literature.

The faculty and students are supported in their work—in large part through team-teaching--by an extraordinary constellation of resource faculty, scholars working with German materials across the disciplines: philosophy, history, theater studies, musicology, art history, history of science, sociology, religious studies, and political theory. There may, for example, be no better place in the world to study German Idealism or German-Jewish intellectual history than the University of Chicago.

A selection of faculty publications may be found here

Department Chronik

Recent contributions of all department members to the field of Germanic Studies.

January 9, 2020

Noah Zeldin, "Brecht and Weill: Collaboration in the Weimar Era." Post-concert talk at the Goethe-Institut Chicago, following "Words and Music: The Music of Kurt Weill" by Spider Saloff and Bradley Williams.

November 8, 2019

Catriona MacLeod, “Writing/Screening the Non-Poet: Dominik Graf’s The Vow/Das Gelübde (2007),” at the conference “Refractions of the Literary Past: German Cinema and the Age of Goethe,” University of Illinois at Chicago, November 8, 2019.

October 3-6, 2019

Joseph Haydt, "Goethe as a Heterodox Thinker," participant in a seminar held at the Conference of the Germanic Studies Association, Portland, OR, October 3-6, 2019.

October 3-6, 2019

Sophie Salvo, co-organizer, “‘Special Languages’: Linguistic Others and Social Order,” seminar at the German Studies Association Annual Conference, Portland Oregon, October 3-6, 2019.


Jessica Resvick awarded Honorable Mention for the annual Goethe Society essay prize for her essay: "Repetition and Textual Transmission: The Gothic Motif in Goethe's Faust and 'Von deutscher Baukunst'," Goethe Yearbook XXV (2018): 133-160. October 2019.

Undergraduate student Helen Kessler has been awarded the McKenzie Prize in Germanic Studies for outstanding academic work.

Undergraduate student Eleanor Rubin received the Youth Leadership Award from the Blue Card Fund. She was honored alongside Joe Biden and David Miliband at the prestigious Blue Card Gala in April 2019.

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