Students celebrating emeritus professor Peter Hohendahl
A community of students, teachers, and scholars devoted to cross-disciplinary study

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We are a community of students, teachers, and scholars devoted to the cross-disciplinary study of language, literature, and culture within a transnational framework. We strongly believe the best academic work is produced in an environment that fosters cooperation and the pleasure of discovery.


Our programs include courses in German and English on subjects ranging from medieval to contemporary literature and from film and visual culture to philosophy, music, and postcolonial studies. You will also find other opportunities for learning and collaboration, including lectures, workshops, conferences, and film series that we sponsor in conjunction with other departments on a regular basis.


Among our many resources, the department is home to New German Critique, a leading journal that is devoted to publishing research on German culture in the 20th and 21st centuries, along with Signale, a book series for English-language scholarship on the literature, culture, criticism, and intellectual history of the German-speaking world. 

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