Faculty Profile

Sarah McGaughey

Associate Professor of German (2007), Department Chair

Contact Information


Bosler Hall Room 114


Her scholarship concentrates on architecture and literature in Central Europe of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. She has published on the Viennese author Hermann Broch as well as on topics such as fashion and interior design. Her current courses are on topics such as contemporary literature and popular culture, the history of the Faust legend, German literature, and the German language.


  • B.A., Smith College, 1997
  • M.A., Washington University-St. Louis, 1999
  • Ph.D., 2005

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

GRMN 102 German in Everyday Life
This course is an introduction to the German language as spoken in daily life. It focuses on the acquisition of language skills, such as speaking, reading, writing, and listening and does so while also learning about aspects of every-day cultures in German-speaking countries. Classes are small and emphasize communication. After successfully completing German 101 and 102, students are expected to navigate everyday situations successfully such as shopping, making friends, reading German newspapers etc. and understand basic grammatical and syntactical structures. Classes meet five times a week. Prerequisite: 101 or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

GRMN 350 Contemporary German Literature
The German-language literary landscape is global in reach and includes major prizes, book conventions, and the world's second largest publication market. In this course, we will study the German-language literary imagination since the late 1980s. We will explore topics such as German unification, pop culture, exilic and multicultural identities, remembrance, post-feminist writing, and contemporary myths. Readings and other materials will be chosen by the instructor and the students. We wlll read the work of the 2015 Kade Writer-in-Residence and additional works might include those of Christian Kacht, Zafer Senocak, W.G. Sebald, Judith Hermann, Herta Müller, Elfriede Jelinek, Clemens Meyer, Wolfgang Herrendorf, Julie Zeh, or Felicitas Hoppe. Course is in German.