Andrew B. Hamilton

Visiting Assistant Professor of German

Teaching this semester

GER 1101. Elementary German I, A

German 1101 is the first course in German language and culture and is open to all students without prerequisite. Facilitates an understanding of culture through language. Introduces German history and cultural topics. Three hours per week. Acquisition of four skills: speaking and understanding, reading, and writing. One hour of conversation and practice with teaching assistant. Integrated Language Media Center work.

GER 3393. Literary History of Destruction

Examines literary and artistic responses to the technological innovations and historical upheavals that characterized the twentieth century: science seemed to enable mass destruction and murder on an unprecedented scale, and two world wars, the Holocaust, and the threat of nuclear annihilation gave rise to a deep ambivalence about the power of technology in modern society and its reach into daily life. German-speaking Europe was a driving force behind these developments, and German and Austrian authors and artists articulated how technology changes the world, for better and for worse. Authors include, but are not limited to, Franz Kafka, Robert Musil, Stefan Zweig, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Paul Celan, and Franz Fühmann. Considers film and visual art. Discussion and coursework in German.

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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