Recent Senior Essays

Recent Senior Essays in German and German Studies


“Stigmatization and State Surveillance of Cisgender male Homosexuality in Former East Germany” (Evan Farmer)

“American Soldiers in West Germany: German-American Cooperation During the Cold War 1945-1955”


“A Question of Hope: A Close Reading of Prometheus by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe” (Helen Martin Tuggle)


“The Stasi: A Security Force Ahead of its Time” (Hannah Geressu)

“Against Secularization: Cosmological Theories of Modernity in The Dialectic of Enlightenment and The Legitimacy of the Modern Age” (Courtney Hodrick)

“The Possibility of Limited Freedom in Kafka’s ‘Report for an Academy‘” (Yulia Vozzheva)

“Democracy Behind Bars: The German Experience of British Re-Education at Wilton Park” (Anna-Sophia Harling)


“Fine-Tuning the Soprano: Mathilde Marchesi and the re-crafting of the late nineteenth-century opera singer” (Sylvia Leith)


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“The Kantian Sublime and Freud’s Uncanny”

“Postmodern Mahler: Revisiting Leon Botstein’s Essay, Whose Mahler?” (Nathaniel Meyer)

“Uninterpretability and Meaning in Kafka’s ‘Ein Kommentar’ ”

“Motifs of Articulation and the Modern Myth of Ophelia in German and Austrian Expressionism and Heiner Müller’s Die Hamletmaschine

“Estrangement, Satire, and Freedom: An Analysis of the Automaton and Automatism in Hoffmann’s Der Sandmann, Freud’s “Das Unheimliche” and Breton’s Surrealist Manifesto

“De Aestetheca in nuce ad litteram” (on Johann Georg Hamann)