Steven Huff

  • Professor of German
  • Chair of German Language and Literatures

Areas of Study


  • BA, Arizona State University, 1980
  • MA, Arizona State University, 1982
  • MA, Princeton University, 1984
  • PhD, Princeton University, 1987

  • Baroque
  • Goethezeit
  • Romanticism
  • The Interrelations of Music and Literature

  • Heinrich von Kleist's Poetics of Passivity. Rochester: Camden House, 2009
  • “Es ist seit Rahel uns erlaubt, Gedanken zu haben.”  Essays in Honor of Heidi Thomann Tewarson. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2012
  • Articles on:
    • Kleist
    • Goethe
    • The German Opera Libretto
    • Baroque Drama
    • Czech Resistance Literature

  • Introductory and Intermediate German
  • Survey of German Literature from Enlightenment to Romanticism 
  • The German Opera Libretto -Goethe, Mozart and Weimar Court Theater 
  • Schubert Lieder (with David Breitman in the Conservatory) 
  • Kleist 
  • Aspects of Drama 
  • Contemporary German Poetry 
  • Romanticism

Fall 2021

Elementary German — GERM 101
Elementary German — GERM 102

Spring 2022

Enlightenment to Classicism — GERM 311
Senior Seminar: Staging Revolution — GERM 433


Steve Huff Publishes

February 10, 2017

Professor of German Steve Huff published an article titled "A Collision of Values: Text, Music, and Nascent Enlightenment in J.C. Gottsched's and J.S. Bach's Trauerode" (Lessing Yearbook XLIII 2016, 9-33). Co-authored with Dan Zager, the former Oberlin College Director of the Music Library who is now with the Eastman School of Music, the paper treats aesthetic and ideological tensions inherent in the transitional period between Baroque and Enlightenment and demonstrates how these are reflected in the Trauerode.