Summer Reading


Members of the department had discussed the possibility of doing our own version of the university's "On the Same Page" program by recommending some summer reading--ideally a big fat canonical work that we don't have time to tackle over the semester.

The seminar group in the Spring 2014 German 207 seminar taught by Deniz Göktürk put some thought into this in the context of our reflections on reading lists and canon formation. Thanks to Bernadette Ferriter, Jon Polizzi, Alicia Roy, Jillian Saucier, and Cara Tovey!

In the light of ongoing World War I commemorations and this academic year's conference on Stefan Zweig (September 24-25, 2014), we suggest as Summer 2014 reading for all:

Stefan Zweig: Die Welt von Gestern und Rausch der Verwandlung (trans. The Post-Office Girl).

A viewing of The Grand Budapest Hotel (dir. Wes Anderson, 2014) is also recommended.

We discussed adding a few more canonical books to our list of recommended reading, which would give us further perspectives on Bildung, play, and the economy of community and identity formation.

  • Goethe: Wilhelm Meisters Lehr- und Wanderjahre
  • Thomas Mann: Der Zauberberg
  • Johan Huizinga: Homo Ludens

Please note: These are not required readings--just recommendations! Please pick and choose what suits you. All of them are also available in electronic format.