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Karin Schutjer

Professor, German Studies (18th and early 19th Century)

Kaufman Hall 208

(405) 325-1907



Karin Schutjer's research interests concern broadly the intersections of philosophy, religion, literature and social thought in late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century Germany. She is the author of both Goethe and Judaism: The Troubled Inheritance of Modern Literature (Northwestern University Press, 2015) and Narrating Community after Kant: Schiller, Goethe, Hölderlin Wayne State University Press, 2002. At OU she regularly teaches both upper and lower-division German courses, including "Goethe's Faust and the Problem of Evil," "Inventing Germany in the 18th Century" and, "Classicism & Romanticism" and a general education class focused on German environmental culture.

Schutjer is currently editor of the book series New Studies in the Age of Goethe published by Bucknell University Press and sponsored by the Goethe Society of North America. She also serves on editorial or advisory roles for Nexus: Essays in German-Jewish Studies and World Literature Today. She has received major fellowships from the National Humanities Center/National Endowment for the Humanities, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and U.S. Fulbright Commission, and has been the recipient of the Max Kade Prize for the best article in German Quarterly, the Goethe Society of North America Essay Prize, and, at OU, the Cecil Woods Teaching Award. She has also been on the board of the Goethe Society of North America, since 2007, including for two terms as Executive Secretary, and she served for five years on the Executive Committee for the Division on Eighteenth- and Early-Nineteenth-Century German Literature of the Modern Languages Association. At OU, she is a member of the affiliate faculty in Judaic Studies.


BA Yale University

PhD Princeton University