German Language and Literature

This area of inquiry promotes the study of all German-language literature and culture.

Suggested areas and topics for panel proposals include but are not limited to:

  • Cultural and literary trends in post-unification Germany, including film
  • 20th century German-language literature and culture
  • 18th and 19th century German-language literature and culture
  • Austrian literature and culture, including film
  • Swiss-German literature and culture, including film
  • Genre-focused approaches to literature and culture
  • Author-focused approaches to literature and culture
  • Transnationalism in literature and film
  • Children and youth literature
  • Comparative approaches to literature and culture
  • Theoretical approaches to literature and culture

In recent years, the German-language and literature section has been growing, attracting about 25 panels each year and involving a wide spectrum of faculty members of all ranks as well as graduate students.

We would like to explicitly invite submission for panels of areas which have so far been underrepresented, including:

  • Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture
  • Afro-German Literature and Culture
  • Pedagogy, esp. the teaching of literature

We welcome joint proposal submissions between faculty of various ranks and/or graduate students. Additionally, we encourage session formats beyond the traditional panel, including but not limited to roundtables, creative sessions, and sessions with innovative uses of technology.

Please be in touch with the German Area Director with any questions, comments, or suggestions. Let’s keep the German Area of NeMLA vibrant, innovative, and strong!

Area Director

Alexander E. Pichugin <pichugin@rutgers.edu>
Department of German,
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey