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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  author of two monographs: Goethe and Judaism: The Troubled Inheritance of Modern Literature (2015), published in German translation in 2020 as Goethe und das Judentum. Das schwierige Erbe der modernen Literatur, and Narrating Community after Kant: Schiller, Goethe, Hölderlin (2002). At OU she regularly teaches both upper and lower-division German courses.  Her teaching interests include German Jewish cultural history, German environmental culture, 18th and 19th-century German literature and culture, and Goethe’s Faust.

Schutjer is currently co-editor with Hester Baer of German Quarterly, the flagship journal of German studies in the US.  She served six years as editor of the book series New Studies in the Age of Goethe published by Bucknell University Press. She is a member of the editorial boards of Nexus: Essays in German-Jewish Studies and the Goethe Lexicon of Philosophical Concepts. 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 served for fourteen years on the board of the Goethe Society of North America, including two terms as Executive Secretary. At OU, she is affiliated with the Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies, International and Area Studies, the Center for the Study of Nationalism, and the Center for Literary Studies.      

Selected Publications

"Pluralism and the Modernized Jesus in Mendelssohn, Schiller, and Schleiermacher” Moments of Enlightenment: In Memory of Jonathan M. Hess, special vol. of Nexus: Essays in German Jewish Studies 5 (2021) 41-63

“’Hilf Himmel! Journale! Calender!’ Goethe and Schiller’s Xenien as Circulatory Intervention.” Goethe Yearbook 28 (2021) 33-58 

“The Volksgeist in Kleist’s Volksblatt:  ‘Das Bettelweib von Locarno’ and the Berliner Abendblätter.”  Monatshefte 110.3 (Fall 2018) 327-343.

Goethe und das Judentum. Translated by Ulrike Bischoff. Göttingen: Wallstein Press, 2020.

Goethe and Judaism: The Troubled Inheritance of Modern Literature.  Northwestern UP, 2015. 


MA, PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures. Princeton University. 1991,1995

BA, Humanities. Yale University. 1987

Teaching Schedule for Fall 2021:

GERM 3853 German Literature and Film

GERM 4970 (five-week "Micro-Course") The German Election