Andrew B. Hamilton

Visiting Assistant Professor of German

Teaching this semester

GER 1157. Technology and Its Discontents

An exploration of German literary history focused on the two-sided reaction that accompanies the arrival of modern technology: on the one hand, the praise of progress and the promise of improvement; on the other, anxiety about the dangers posed by change. Takes the history of German thought as a starting point to examine broad philosophical and moral questions about the ever-expanding reach of technology into individual lives, and intohu mankind's collective capacity for both good and evil. Students will read literary, philosophical, and historical texts from antiquity to the present day, and from a number of countries and traditions, with a focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Germany, Europe, and the United States.

GER 3308. Introduction to German Literature and Culture

Designed to be an introduction to the critical reading of texts by genre (e.g., prose fiction and nonfiction, lyric poetry, drama, opera, film) in the context of German intellectual, political, and social history. Focuses on various themes and periods. Develops students’ sensitivity to generic structures and introduces terminology for describing and analyzing texts in historical and cross-cultural contexts. Weekly individual sessions with the teaching fellow from the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität-Mainz. All materials and coursework in German.

Teaching next semester

GER 2203. Intermediate German I: Germany within Europe, A

Continued emphasis on the understanding of German culture through language. Focus on social and cultural topics through history, literature, politics, popular culture, and the arts. Three hours per week of reading, speaking, and writing. One hour of discussion and practice with teaching assistant. Language laboratory also available. Equivalent of German 1102 is required.

GER 3315. Realism and Revolution in Nineteenth-Century German Literature and Culture

What is revolution? What forms has it taken within German-speaking society and culture? Examines a variety of literary, cultural, and social texts from 1830 to 1900 in their broader cultural, artistic, philosophical, and political contexts. Beyond discussing the effects (both positive and negative) of the Industrial Revolution, discusses three other forms of revolution that emerge in nineteenth-century German discourse: (1) political revolution (the formation of German national identity; the rise of the socialist movement); (2) artistic revolution (the search for an artistic direction at the end of the Age of Goethe; the tensions between social realism and romanticism); (3) sexual revolution (scientific interest in normal versus abnormal sexual behavior; the advent of the women’s movement and the questioning of gender roles). Authors/artists may include Heine, Büchner, Hebbel, Hauptmann, Andreas-Salomé, Fontane, Wagner, Marx and Engels, Bebel, Simmel, Kollwitz, Krafft-Ebing.

I study German books and the history of the ideas that have shaped them. The focus of my research is on literary realism in the nineteenth and twentieth century, theories of literary exchange and influence (between authors, between nations), as well as the relationship between literature and politics. But in fact everything for me comes down to the art of reading slowly enough to share in the beauty and power of literary thought.


  • M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University
  • B.A., University of Chicago

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