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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.

May 12-14, 2016

Emily Dreyfus. "Affective Resonances: Neo-Romantic Aesthetics in Lars von Trier’s Melancholia." Third Annual Boulder Summer Colloquium in German Studies. University of Colorado Boulder. Boulder, Colorado.

May 12-14, 2016

Ethan Blass. Talk: "An Impossible Comparison: Romance as a Link between Goethe and Hitchcock." Third Annual Boulder Summer Colloquium in German Studies. University of Colorado Boulder. Boulder, Colorado.

April 14-16, 2016

Jessica Resvick. Talk. “Goethe’s Circulating Works. Tradition and Transmission in Stifter’s Der Nachsommer.” KFLC: The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference. University of Kentucky. Lexington, Kentucky. 

March 17-20, 2016

Maeve Hooper. Talk: "Framing Zweig: Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel.’” Annual Meeting of the Northeast Modern Language Association. Hartford, Connecticut.


Jake Fraser has been awarded a dissertation research fellowship by the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies for 2016-2017.

Matthew Johnson has been awarded a Travel and Research Grant from the Center for Jewish Studies to study at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute in Lithuania during the summer of 2016.

Nine of our undergraduate students have been awarded Foreign Language Aquisition Grants (FLAGs) to study Germanic languages in Europe in the summer of 2016. Six undergraduates have also received Romberg Travel Grants for intensive language study in Vienna in the summer of 2016.

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