Austrian student Winfried Stangl will be our Foreign Language Teaching Assistant in AY 22-23.

Winfried is currently studying English in Innsbruck and says that he is looking forward to "teaching German in New Hampshire and bringing Austrian culture into the classroom."

Our FLTA is the live-in resident advisor for our German Housing community at the Max Kade Center and the German Club liaison, German language tutor, and assistant teacher for German 3 in our beginning language sequence.

Welcome, Winfried. We are looking forward to meeting you!

You can find out more about studying German at Dartmouth on our official German Studies website.

What is literature? Author Ulrike Draesner on literature and writing


German Studies department chair, Klaus Mladek, interviews Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor Ulrike Draesner.

As we celebrated the achievements of the German Studies community at the End of Year Party, we were sad to say goodbye to Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor Ulrike Draesner. 

Klaus Mladek’s interview with Ulrike Draesner offers a glimpse into the author’s thoughts on the world of writing. 

Read an excerpt of the interview below or listen to the entire conversation.

What is literature?

Wow, such a small question to begin with! But, for me, literature is not black and white. Rather, literature is the individuality of a person. It is a place where one's unique and individual thoughts are formed, built, and put together.

Why do you write?

At the end of the day, I write because it is what I am able to do best. Writing is a place where I am able to bring my empathy and basic curiosity together. Writing brings together one’s body and mind in the form of words. It is nourishment for the body and mind.

What is, for you, the relation between literature and the political?

In my opinion, I don't think any type of language is non-political. Every word has a history. Therefore, every word is political. Because an individual learns from the history behind every word, I think that literature is a rich source of knowledge on how people's bodies and minds interact.

What do you enjoy most about writing?

I enjoy the craftiness of literary invention. I feel I broaden my perception of the world through literature. The most beautiful aspect of writing is when a voice, a character, a poem comes to you. When this happens, I feel as if I am dissolved by what I am writing while at the same time, my writing is holding such an intense presence in my life. In these moments, I feel entirely present in my writing and with my mind and body, just without my ego. Reality and everything almost goes through me. My entire being and history is feeling this sensation. I get goosebumps.

Enrolled in German 14 Into the Woods: The Brothers Grimm and the European Folktale Tradition | Spring 2021, Olivia Kester composed and performed an original song around the discussion of female folktale characters, including such well-known princesses as Briar Rose and Snow White, who are woken by a male figure's kiss without the ability to give consent.

Olivia says the project is based on the dreams of Briar Rose as she awaits her knight in shining armor to come rescue her from the curse of a hundred-year-sleep but that her nightmare really begins once she is awoken. "My reading of the tale was about consent," Kester says. "Or, rather the lack of it. While the story maintains that they get married and live “happily ever after” there isn’t much substance to their supposed “love.” [Briar Rose's] curse states that the only way it could be broken is by true love’s kiss. However, if true love’s kiss is supposed to wake up the princess, how could a sleeping princess, who had no idea this prince existed in the first place, ever fall in love with him? The answer is that she physically can’t."

Kester grew up with the narrative about true love's kiss but through music has found a way to interpret the iconic scene in an entirely new way for future generations.

"The importance of Briar Rose shouldn’t be about the power of true love’s kiss, but rather the importance and necessity for consent. This is why my piece reflected a soothing dream sequence in the beginning and then changed to jarring, horror movie-like sounds."

By Nick Ostrau


Woher kommen unsere deutschen Sprichwörter? Meine Oma erklärt's.


malen to draw

mahlen to grind

Mühle, f. mill

Mehl, n. flour

Bauern, pl. farmers

Genghe's text was submitted in German 3: Beginning German Language and Culture at Dartmouth College.

The theme for this year's writing competition was Land in Sicht:

Ende der Durststrecke (fig.) · Hoffnungszeichen · (endlich) Land sehen (fig.) · Licht am Ende des Tunnels (fig.)

The author is reading their work.

Alle Jahre wieder warten Kinder in Deutschland auf den 24. Dezember. Sie haben nur eine Frage: Was liegt dieses Jahr wohl unter dem Weihnachtsbaum? Ein Legoset, ein Computerspiel oder ein Teddybär?

Das Spielzeug hat in Deutschland eine lange Geschichte. Womit die Kinder spielen reflektierte schon immer was die Kinder über ihre Kultur lernen sollen.

Aber welche Spielzeuge lagen in den Epochen der deutschen Geschichte im Trend?


Spielzeug, n = toys

Reiter, pl = riders

Pferde, pl = horses

Puppenhaus, n = doll house

Waffen, pl = weapons

purzeln = to tumble

Brettspiele, pl = board games

Schach, n = chess

Kaufmannsladen, m = grocery store

Baukasten, m = building/ construction set




Die Neugier (altsächsisch: fehugiri).

Wenn wir zu viele Privatinformationen von anderen Leuten haben wollen, sind wir dann neugierig, habgierig oder wissbegierig? Und woher kommt eigentlich dieses Wort Neugier, neugierig sein? Wir wollen es wissen.

Before Fall Term 2020 hear voices from our Department about their connection to our German Studies program.

Dieses Gedicht aus dem Jahr 1992 stammt von der afrodeutschen Dichterin, Poetin, Denkerin und Philosophin May Ayim (1960-1996), die sich Zeit ihres Lebens gegen jegliche Form des Rassismus eingesetzt hat. Die englische Übersetzung der Lesung aus dem Deutschen folgt hier:


Germany in Autumn

it is not true
that it is not true
so it was
first at first and then again

so it is


In November 1938
first splintered window glass
again and again
human bones
of Jews and Blacks and
the Sick and the Weak and
Sinti and Roma and
Poles and Lesbians and
Gays of and of
and of and of
and and

first a few then many

more and more:
raised the hand and taking part
cheered and applauded
or gawked in secret
how she
and she
and he and he
and he and she
first now and then
then again and again

yet again?

one single case:
in November 1990
Antonio Amadeo from Angola
in Eberswalde
was beat to death
by Neo-Nazis
his child born soon after
by a white German woman
their house soon after


oh, well

and the police
arrived so late
that it was too late
and the newspapers’ words
were so clipped
that it was like silence
and no image on TV
about the murder case

no commentary on the incident

in newly unified Germany
which likes to call itself
much too eager reunited
in this town and that
first houses
then people


first East then West
then all across the country

first at first then again

it is not true
that it is not true
so it was

so it is:
Germany in autumn
I shudder to think of winter.


Transl. Nick Ostrau


Anna Gundlach, Coalter Palmer und Kay Vuong präsentieren ihr Märchenhörspiel zu einer süddeutschen Legende aus dem Regental im Bayerischen Wald. Es ist im Rahmen unseres Kurses German 10.3 Understanding German Media (Nick Ostrau MWF at 9L) entstanden.

Dialog, SprecherInnen, Aufnahme, Mischung: Anna Gundlach, Coalter Palmer und Kay Vuong


Eine junge Frau wäscht Ihre Wäsche im Regen. Ein junger wilder Ritter will sie heiraten, aber sie möchte das nicht. Als er sie mit seinen Freunden verfolgt, springt sie in einen wilden Fluss und die Männer hinterher. Da passiert ein Wunder: Wo eben noch die Männer waren liegen jetzt drei große Steine im Wildwasser.




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