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Germanic Languages and Literatures

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Where is Anne Frank Film Screening with Ari Folman

Where is Anne Frank follows Anne’s imaginary friend, Kitty, after she surreally appears in modern-day Amsterdam at the house where Anne and her family have taken refuge.

Dutch King’s “Apology” for Colonial Slavery Is an Erasure of History

Annemarie Toebosch co-authored an illuminating piece about the Dutch Royal family’s role in the development of the slave trade and the subtle erasure of history.

Welcome to Germanic Languages & Literatures

Our department offers undergraduate programs in German, Scandinavian, and Dutch and a graduate program in German Studies. In teaching and research, we emphasize the embededdness of language, literature, and the arts in larger social, cultural, and political processes. Our approach, widely known as the “Michigan Model,” has made us one of the premier departments in the US and is unmatched in its interdisciplinary breadth. Students will be guided by faculty with deep methodic training and experience in German, Dutch and Scandinavian languages and literature, Comparative Literature, History, Political Science, Sociology, Film Studies, Philosophy, Media Studies, Museum Studies, and Music.

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