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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.

Department Chronik

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

January 8-11, 2015
Alex Sorenson. Talk: "'…in vocem flentium:' Prosopopoeia and Diegetics of Abeyance in Two Poems of Eduard Mörike and Georg Heym." One Hundred and Thirtieth Annual Conference of the Modern Language Association. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
December 2014

Anthony Mahler. Publication: "The Acute Gaze of Argos: Visual Sin and Visual Psychagogy in Bidermann's Cenodoxus." Visual Acuity and the Arts of Communication in Early Modern Germany, edited by Jeffrey Chipps Smith.

November 16, 2014

Sunny Yudkoff. Talk: "Who is Learning Yiddish Today and Why?" The Chicago YIVO Society's Fall 2014 Lecture. Evanston Public Library. Evanston, Illinois.

October 24, 2014

Marcus Lampert. Talk: "Modern Interiority in Goethe's Hermann und Dorothea." The 2014 Atkins Conference of the Goethe Society of North America: Aesthetics and its Institutions in the Age of Goethe." University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


The Department congratulates Anthony Mahler and Joela Jacobs on their successful dissertation defenses in October 2014.

The following students have been awarded Dissertation-Year Fellowships for 2014/15: Stephen Haswell Todd has been awarded an Ethel and William Gofen Dissertation-Year Fellowship; Marcus Lampert has been awarded a Mellon Foundation University of Chicago Dissertation-Year Fellowship; and Andrea Wald has been awarded a Whiting Foundation Dissertation-Year Fellowship. 

Andrea Wald has been awarded a Visiting Junior Fellowship at the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften in Vienna for October to January 2013/14.

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