Faculty Profile

Kamaal Haque

Associate Professor of German (2008)

Contact Information


Bosler Hall Room 6M


His research interests include German film, the literature and culture of the German-speaking Alps, and the influence of the Middle East in German culture. He has published on such diverse topics as the German mountain film, the poetry of Goethe, and Muslim minorities in Germany today. In addition to courses at all levels of German language and culture, he has taught recent courses such as The Mountain in the German Cultural Imagination, Minority Cultures in the German Context and Modern German Film.


  • B.A., Drew University, 1997
  • M.A., Washington University in St. Louis, 2000
  • Ph.D., 2006

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

GRMN 202 Int Grmn II: Mediated Grmn Clt
This course will familiarize students with discourses conducted at different language levels in various German media such as newspapers, TV, and music in addition to new social media. Students will analyze these discourses, and by doing so will acquire a better understanding of contemporary German issues, anxieties, and desires ranging from the impact of the New Right on German hip hop to the heated discussions of new architectural designs, such as the Holocaust monument in Berlin. Prerequisite: 201, or permission of the instructor.

GRMN 251 Intro to German Literature
This course will provide students with an overview of works of German literature from the 18th century to the present. We will discuss literary movements as well as individual works. We will read prose, poetry and plays. Authors may include Goethe, Heine, Droste-Hülshoff, Mann, Kafka, Herta Müller and more. All readings in German.

Spring 2018

GRMN 202 Int Grmn II: Mediated Grmn Clt
What was occupied Vienna like in post-WWII Central Europe? How does a film convey fear? Is German academic writing different from how I write papers at Dickinson? Posing these or similar questions, this course builds students’ basic intermediate level of cultural and linguistic skill and explores the challenges of understanding and communicating with various media in colloquial, academic, and professional contexts. As it does so, students will acquire a better understanding of contemporary and historical issues, anxieties, and desires in the German-speaking world. There will be a special focus on writing in different modes, as this is a writing in the discipline (WiD) course. Prerequisite: 201, or permission of the instructor.

GRMN 400 Mtns in German Cult Imag
In this course, we will examine how mountains are transformed from places of terror in the pre-modern period to places of pleasure and leisure today. We will consider how the presence of mountains informs German, Austria and Swiss self-identity and will talk about the ecological, economic and touristic challenges facing mountains in general and the Alps in particular. Topics will also include: how the Nazis appropriate the mountains for their propaganda purposes, how and why a Himalayan mountain has come to be known as "Der Schicksalberg der Deutschen," and the discovery of the iceman "Ötzi" in the Alps. We will look not only at non-fiction texts, but the mountains in fiction, film, music and visual art, as well.