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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 6, 2018

Maeve Hooper. Workshop. Bridging the Gap: the Undergraduate Curriculum
April 6, 2018

March 8–10, 2018

Emily Dreyfus. Talk. Kunstmusik and Its (Dis)Contents in Weimar Sound Film: Nineteenth-Century Quotations in Paul Czinner’s Der Träumende Mund (1932).
When the Music Takes Over. Musical Numbers in Film and Television. International Conference at the University of Salzburg, March 8–10 2018.

March 29-April 1, 2018

Alex Sorenson. Talk. “Trials by Water: Law, Sacrifice, and Ethics in the Drowning Scene.” Annual Conference of the American Comparative Literature Association. Los Angeles, CA. March 29-April 1, 2018.

January 4-7, 2018

Emily Dreyfus. Talk. “'Selbst die Szene spricht in geheimen Anklängen’: Intermedial Writing and the Secrets of Musical Language in E. T. A. Hoffmann’s Don Juan (1813). 133rd  Modern Languages Association Annual Convention, New York, New York. January 4-7 2018. 


Emily Dreyfus has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant in Film Studies at the Humboldt University for 2017-18 and a one-year dissertation research fellowship from the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies beginning in April 2018.

Jackson Bierfeldt, a senior German major, has won the T. Kimball Brooker Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting for his Raoul Heinrich Francé collection. He was also awarded a U.S. Teaching Assistantship to Austria and a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Germany. He chose the former. 

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