Our faculty is widely published and internationally active in the major fields of German Studies, including literature and culture, film studies, historical and applied linguistics, and Second Language Acquisition (SLA). Research specialties include: environmental humanities; avant-garde visual traditions; the relationship between law, politics, and literature; German-Jewish Studies; 19th-century intellectual history; Romanticism; gender studies; fin de siècle Vienna; literary theory, especially narrative theory; medieval education; remakes, remixes, and adaptations; post-war literature; paleography; interactional competence in L2; conversation analysis. As a department, we are committed to both the core of the German tradition and interdisciplinary work.
Faculty Research Initiative Video Series: Katra Byram
What is narrative theory? How does the structure of a story actually affect what that story means? Professor Katra Byram, from the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, discusses her interest in how stories work as well as her current research into memoirs and novels about mothers and grandmothers of the World War II era.
Translating Marx's Capital in the 21st Century: Paul Reitter
Speaking at the recent Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual History, accomplished scholar and translator Paul Reitter, known for works such as The Anti-Journalist: Karl Kraus and Jewish Self-Fashioning in Fin-de-Siècle Europe (University of Chicago Press, 2008), On the Origins of Jewish Self-Hatred (Princeton University Press, 2012), and The Kraus Project with Jonathan Franzen (Macmillan Publishers, 2013), offered his reflections on his new project, an annotated English edition of Karl Marx's Capital (Vol. 1). Reitter's book will include his own translation of the text and will be published by Penguin Books.
Selected books by GLL faculty
Our faculty covers the full range of German Studies while working beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries to reach a broad academic and general audience. Our faculty publishes in the leading German and interdisciplinary journals. And they write for the popular press and have collaborated with contemporary authors like Jonathan Franzen and the Austrian librettist and filmmaker Klaus Händl.