Welcome to the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at
the University of Pennsylvania. The oldest academic program in
German Studies in North America, we are committed to our strong
tradition in literary studies, while our distinguished faculty also
represent a range of innovative and interdisciplinary approaches in the
We invite you to read more about our current and past
events below, and to explore our website for information about our
graduate and undergraduate programs, including our offerings in
Yiddish, Dutch, and Swedish.
This talk by Dr. Damian Valdez of the University of Cambridge examines how notions of struggle in politics and social life were articulated in different political
and ideological constituencies in early twentieth-century Germany. It examines how they framed the confrontation
with mass democracy; how they underlay some strategic considerations on the advent of mass
politics and the social question and what they meant for the philosophy of history.
The Penn Libraries’ historic collection of research material on German
immigrants to Pennsylvania recently grew to include a set of nine
German-language newspapers published in Philadelphia at the turn of the
twentieth century. A generous gift of the German Society of Pennsylvania, this collection features some of the most notable German-language newspapers in the country.
Catriona MacLeod has been appointed Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of German. Her research on 18th- and 19th-century German literature and cultural representation encompasses gender studies—in particular literary and aesthetic figurations of androgyny—as well as the intersections between high art and popular culture in Weimar Classicism and the relationship between verbal and visual arts.
Didem Uca, a second-year PhD student in the department, and co-author Kate Zambon won the Top Student Paper Award in the Popular Communication Division at the 2014 conference of the International Communication Association. Their paper, which explores the relationship between non-ethnic German hip hop artists and institutional frameworks, is entitled “Sor bir bana: Hip Hop and Socio-Cultural Institutions in Germany”.