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A specialist in the study of German or Germanic culture, literature, or language.


(ˈdʒɜr mə nɪst)

a specialist in the study of German culture, literature, or linguistics.
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Noun1.Germanist - a specialist in the study of Germanic language or culture or literature
specialiser, specialist, specializer - an expert who is devoted to one occupation or branch of learning
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I also hope that US publishers, faced with the problem of growing publication costs, will not narrow their areas of interest again and remove topics such as Germanist feminist work on past centuries from their lists.
Princeton University Germanist and Comparatist WLT Editorial Board Member
The only British Germanist who has ever been elected to the Osterreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften is W.
For a Germanist like myself, whose scholarly preoccupation has been the eighteenth century and whose thematic understanding of post-1945 German literature has focused on the Holocaust and the Wirtschaftswunder, the anthology Fringe Voices is an eye-opener.
Her perspective as an American Germanist is also useful in that she is able to distance herself from German and British criticism and show where the two traditions have gone in different directions or crossed paths.
Abschied von Wien (1938) has never been performed or published, but deserves critical attention as part of the oeuvre of Bernhard Blume, who became a leading Germanist in exile in North America.
In this extraordinarily lucid, sensitive, well-documented and sophisticated study, Dr Kohlmayer, using a range of humble archival sources that the text-oriented Germanist or stratospheric theorist so often disdains - play-bills, newspaper reviews, recordings, unpublished 'Buhnenmanuskripte' with their cuts and annotations etc.
Informative, provocative, and free of theory blinders, The Cambridge History of German Literature belongs in every college library and in every Germanist's Hand-bibliothek.
There are many ways in which the Jewish and the German combine or collide, not least in the narrator's style, which brings the Germanist together with the Talmudist (he writes like a cabalist, as he says) with sentences running on, indeed veering about across vastnesses of time and space, as he intercalates commentaries on Benjamin's commentaries on Sholem's commentaries on Kafka's commentaries (et cetera).
And in 1939, Richard Hinton Thomas, a British Germanist, wrote in a seminal early book on Expressionism that Nietzsche's interpretation of Greece as set out in Die Geburt der Tragodie became |an essential part of the Expressionist background'.
Any Germanist thinking of starting up a yearbook in the area of eighteenth-century studies, in particular, had better move quickly: German literary history is beginning to run out of big names to put on the masthead.