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The Department of German Studies is active in research in a number of different periods and areas of German language and culture.

These include:

  • History of German Literature from the 18th to the 20th century
  • Literary and aesthetic theory
  • Intercultural literary studies
  • Individual authors including Goethe, Tieck, Fontane, Musil and Benn
  • German-Australian connections in the nineteenth century
  • Postcolonial and intercultural approaches to German studies
  • East German literature

One of the department's current major research projects is the Poetology of Mood by Dr Stefan Hajduk.

Dr Hajduk is particularly interested in mood as an aesthetic and philosophical phenomenon, and has developed a theory of mood which he uses to provide new perspectives on canonical texts of German literature such as Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther. The theory and its application in literary interpretation is designed to promote new research interest in the phenomenon of mood in literary criticism, discursive reflection, and academic teaching.

Dr Stefan Hajduk is currently working on a project focused on the concept of mood in poetry and its development as an aesthetic category in the work of Wilhelm Dilthey.

Postgraduate students can therefore be supervised in a range a range of different areas. Details of major research strengths are given in the following list.

  • Modern mannerism in literature, film and fine arts
  • Comparative literature and aesthetics
  • The arts/science interface
  • Relations between German and European literatures
  • 18th century philosophy and literature
  • West German education system
  • History of science
  • Alexander von Humboldt
  • 18th and 19th century German women writers
  • German-Australian connections in the 19th century
  • Postcolonial and intercultural approaches to German Studies
  • East German literature
  • 19th century musical life and German national identity
  • Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival
  • 20th century German children's literature.
Department of German Studies

Level 7, Napier Building


T: +61 8 8313 4249
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