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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 2017

Amy Stebbins. Publication co-authored with Dr. Adi Barak: "Re-entry as Performance: Reflections from Institution X" in Critical Social Policy Volume 37, Number 2, May 2017. 

March 23-26, 2017

Simon Friedland. Talk. "Being Moved: Ontology and Rhythm in Heidegger's Dialogue with Arthur Rimbaud and René Char." Annual Meeting of the Northeast Modern Language Association. Baltimore, Maryland.

March 23-26, 2017

Maeve Hooper. Panel Organizer. "Rethinking the Frame: Embedded Narratives in German-language Literature." Annual Meeting of the Northeast Modern Language Association. Baltimore, Maryland.

February 16-18, 2017

Emily Dreyfus. Talk. "Record player, Switchboard, Jukebox. Reified Voices and Musical Epiphanies in Fritz Lang’s The Blue Gardenia (1953)." Epiphane Wirklichkeiten. Sprachen der Dinge in Literatur und Künsten. Triangle-Colloquium Berlin-Cambridge-Chicago. Friedrich Schlegel Graduiertenschule für literaturwissenschaftliche Studien. Freie Universität Berlin. Berlin, Germany.


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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