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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.

April 20, 2020

Matthew Johnson. Virtual talk. "Another Language - Paul Celan in Yiddish". Featured in this article: "Be healthy": The link between Yiddish and German. April 20, 2020.

February 21, 2020

Catriona MacLeod. “Scraps and Albums at the Margins of the Archives,” at conference “Media Inventories of the 19th Century,” University of Missouri, 21 February, 2020.

February 5, 2020

Noah Zeldin, "The German Learning Play in Practice and Transformation." Workshop and lecture at DePaul University, Chicago, February 5, 2020.

January 2020

Alexander Sorenson: Organizing a panel series on the topic of "Nature and Reality in the German 19th Century" for the Modern Language Association annual convention. January 2020, Seattle, WA. 


Matt Johnson received a "Yiddish Translation Fellowship" from the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst for 2020-2021.

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.

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