Germanic Languages and Literatures

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Arts and Science

Degree Programs​

Germanic Languages and Literatures

​​MA
Fields:
German Literature, Culture and Theory
Yiddish Studies

German Literature, Culture and Theory

​​PhD
Field:
German Literature, Culture and Theory​

Collaborative Programs

The following collaborative programs are available to students in parti​cipating degree programs as listed below:

  1. Book History and Print Culture
    • Germanic Languages and Literatures, MA
    • German Literature, Culture and Theory, PhD
  2. Diaspora and Transnational Studies
    • Germanic Languages and Literatures, MA
    • German Literature, Culture and Theory, PhD
  3. Jewish Studies
    • Germanic Languages and Literatures, MA
    • German Literature, Culture and Theory, PhD
  4. Women and Gender Studies
    • Germanic Languages and Literatures, MA​
    • German Literature, Culture and Theory, PhD

Overview

The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto is the oldest and largest department of German in Canada. In addition to our traditional strength in literary and intellectual history, faculty and students are conducting research in German cinema, critical theory, language pedagogy, Yiddish studies, medieval studies, travel literature, as well as post-colonial, psychoanalytic, and transnational studies.

The department offers a graduate program of study leading to two degrees: Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. The MA degree usually takes eight months (September to April) to complete, while the PhD degree is normally completed in four to five years.

Contact and Address

Web: http://german.utoronto.ca
Email: german@chass.utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 926-2321
Fax: (416) 926-2329

Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
3rd Floor, 50 St. Joseph Street
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1J4
Canada

Degree Programs

Germanic Languages and Literatures

​Master of Arts​

The MA degree in Germanic Languages and Literatures is offered in two fields:

  • German Literature, Culture and Theory

  • Yiddish Studies

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Field: German Literature, Culture and Theory

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants to the one-year MA program in the field German Literature, Culture and Theory must have completed an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university that includes at least 6.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in German language, literature, and culture, with an average grade of at least a B+.

  • Applicants should arrange for three supporting letters to be sent to the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies of the department, preferably on forms available from the department.

  • Admission is based upon the applicant's academic record and upon the evidence of the supporting letters.

Program Requirements

  • Complete 3.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs), including GER 1000H German Studies Seminar: Culture, Theory, Text. At least 1.5 FCEs of the additional 3.0 FCEs must carry a GER designator.

  • The remaining course selection is made in consultation with the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies of the department and must be approved by the department.

  • Pass a German language competence test at the beginning of the program. Only one attempt is permitted.

Program Length

2 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W);
5 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time


Field: Yiddish Studies

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants to the one-year MA program in the field of Yiddish Studies must have completed an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university that includes at least 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in Yiddish language and 2.0 FCEs in Yiddish literature and culture or another area of Jewish Studies, with an average grade of at least a B+.

  • Applicants should arrange for three supporting letters to be sent to the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies of the department, preferably on forms available from the department.

  • Admission is based upon the applicant's academic record and upon the evidence of the supporting letters.

Program Requirements

  • Complete 3.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs), including:

    • ​​​GER 1000H German Studies Seminar: Culture, Theory, Text

    • CJS 1000H Core Methods Seminar in Jewish Studies

    • GER 1050H Methods and Texts in Yiddish Studies

    • GER 2050Y Research Paper in Yiddish Studies

    • The remaining elective courses (1.0 FCE) are selected from a course list approved by the department.

  • Pass a Yiddish language competency test at the beginning of the program. Only one attempt is permitted.

Program Length

2 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W);
5 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time


​German Literature, Culture and Theory​

Doctor of Philosophy

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Admission to the PhD program requires either:

    • ​​​an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university that includes at least 6.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in German language, literature, and culture, with an average grade equivalent to at least a University of Toronto B+ in the applicant's overall program and of at least an A- in the applicant's German courses; or

    • an appropriate master's degree in German from a recognized university, with an average grade equivalent to at least a University of Toronto A- in the applicant's overall program.

  • Applicants must satisfy to the department that they are capable of independent research in German at an advanced level.

  • Applicants should arrange for three supporting letters to be sent to the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies of the department, preferably on forms available from the department.

  • Admission is based upon the applicant's academic record and upon the evidence of the supporting letters.

Program Requirements

  • Applicants admitted on the basis of a bachelor's degree must take a minimum of 7.0 FCEs, including GER 1000H German Studies Seminar: Culture, Theory, Text with an average grade of at least an A-. The department may recommend to the School of Graduate Studies the termination of the registration and eligibility of a student who fails to complete at least 3.5 FCEs, with an average of at least an A-, during the first year of the program. The student is required to complete the remaining courses required for the degree, with an A- average by the end of the second year.

  • Applicants admitted on the basis of a master's degree must take a minimum of 4.0 FCEs including GER 1000H German Studies Seminar: Culture, Theory, Text with an average grade of at least an A-. The student is required to complete at least 3.5 FCEs by the end of the first year of registration and any remaining courses required for the degree by the end of the second year.

  • Course selection may include 1.5 FCEs in a department other than Germanic Languages and Literatures.

  • Course selection is made in consultation with the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies of the department and must be approved by the department.

  • Students must provide evidence of reading knowledge of French, or in exceptional circumstances, of another language approved by the department.

  • Students must pass a qualifying examination with written and oral components in the second session of Year 2 of the PhD program (or Year 3 for stude​nts admitted directly with the BA). The qualifying examination has three components:

    • ​​​​The proficiency exam is based on a student-created and committee-approved, comprehensive list of works.

    • The focus exam is based on a student-created and committee-approved list of works organized around a genre, topic, author, or theoretical issue.

    • The research field paper on an approved topic must be distinct from the focus exam topic and reference methodological/theoretical readings essential to gaining a deep understanding of the research area of the future thesis. It is completed during the Summer session following the first two portions of the qualifying examination.

  • ​​Students must pass a thesis field review and make an oral presentation of their thesis.

  • Students must submit the doctoral thesis and complete the Final Oral Examination.

  • The department may permit a candidate to write the doctoral thesis in German when the can​didate's advisory committee so recommends and when the candidate has satisfied the School of Graduate Studies' conditions (see 12.1.2.8 Thesis section in Degree Regulations, Doctor of Philosophy).

Program Length

4 years full-time; 5 years direct-entry

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 7 years direct-entry


Course List

Not all courses are offered every year. The department should be consulted each session as to actual course offerings.

GER 100​0HG​erman Studies Seminar: Culture, Theory, Text
GER 1050H Methods and Texts in Yiddish Studies
GER 1051YYiddish Language and Literature for German Speakers
GER 1200HMiddle High German
GER 1220H Medieval Arthurian Romance
GER 1400HFrom Real to Virtual Shtetl: Jewish Culture in Russia, 1917–2010
GER 1470HGoethe in Context
GER 1480H Goethe's Faust
GER 1485HGoethe's Novels
GER 1505H Romanticism
GER 1530H Heine and Critical Theory
GER 1540HRevolutions
GER 1550HOrigins: Myths of Beginning in German Literature and Thought
GER 1661HModernism in Context
GER 1665HModernism and the Other
GER 1690HTheatre in the Weimar Republic
GER 1710H Weimar Cinema
GER 1722HKafka
GER 1730H Travel Writing
GER 1735HTransnational Literatures
GER 1752H Germany's Colonial Imaginary
GER 1770HReviewing the 50s: German Cinemas under Reconstruction
GER 1771HTopics in German Cinema Studies
GER 1772H The Politics of the Non-fiction Film
GER 1775H Cinemas of Migration
GER 1777HLocations of East German Cinema
GER 1780HTopics in German Visual Culture
GER 1785HRemaking the Movies in German Cinemas
GER 1820HThe Learning and Teaching of German
GER 1821HReading Course in Second Language Acquisition
​GER 1860HIntroduction to Critical Theory
GER 2000H,YReading Course in Approved Field
GER 2050YResearch Paper in Yiddish Studies
GER 3000H Trends in German Literature
GER 6000HReading German for Graduate Students
JGC 1660HModernism and the Other
​JGC 1850HDerrida, the German, the Jew
JGC 1855HCritical Theory in Context: The French-German Connection
JGF 1733HAutobiographical Documentary: History, Alterity, and Performativity


Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Fenner, Angelica - BA, MA, PhD
Goetschel, Willi - PhD
Hager, Michael - MA, PhD
Noyes, John - BA, MA, PhD
Shternshis, Anna - MA, PhD
Soldovieri, Stefan - BA, MA, PhD
Stock, Markus - MA, PhD (Chair and Graduate Chair)
Zilcosky, John - BA, MA, MA, PhD

Members Emeriti

Dierick, Augustinus - BA, MA, PhD
Hempel, Wolfgang - PhD
Mayer, Hartwig - PhD, PhD
Saas, Christa - BA, MA, PhD
Seliger, Helfried - PhD
Wetzel, Heinz - DPhil

Associate Members

Bergen, Doris - MA, PhD
Jenkins, Jennifer - BA, MA, PhD
Lahusen, Thomas - MA, PhD
Retallack, James - BA, DPhil
Revermann, Martin - PhD
Wittmann, Rebecca - AB, MA, PhD​