The Department offers a full program through the graduate level in the literatures and culture of German-speaking Europe from the Middle Ages to the present day. The field is strongly interdisciplinary, reaching into areas such as history, philosophy, art history, political theory. Courses on the history of German film are also integrated into the department's program.
Faculty research addresses all periods of German literature and culture from medieval times to the twenty-first century.
Guidelines for Collection Development
Monographs and serials, in all formats (including Hörbücher). Dissertations, very selectively. Habilitationsschriften are generally acquired. The Library organizes and maintains collections of subject-based Internet links useful to students and scholars. Sites devoted to German literature are included in the Germanic Languages and Literatures Research Guide or German Studies page. When DVDs and videos are acquired, preference is given to versions with subtitles and in formats compatible with U.S. players, but the Library collects PAL-format when Region 1 (NTSC) DVDs are not available.
The Library acquires German, Austrian, and Swiss imprints.
Primarily German and English.
5. Publication dates
Emphasis is of necessity on current materials, although selective retrospective purchasing is undertaken as circumstances require and funds allow.
Principal sources of supply and major selection tools
The Library has an active approval plan with Otto Harrassowitz for current publications in German language and literature. This is augmented by use of their bibliographic form selections.
Selective works in contemporary fiction in Dutch/Flemish are received primarily through a small approval plan with Erasmus Boekhandel. Selective works in contemporary fiction, poetry, and young adult and children's literature in Swedish are purchased through either Erasmus or Otto Harrassowitz.
Subjects collected and levels of collecting
The Joseph Horner Memorial Library of the German Society of Pennsylvania is an important local resource with approximately 86,000 volumes and notable strengths in German-Americana and nineteenth-century German popular fiction.