subject description and guidelines
Cornell University Library maintains a major collection in German-language literature and literary studies, including dramatic literature and scholarship on German-language theater and film. Contemporary German belles lettres, as well as critical editions of past German literature are acquired near-comprehensively, with less emphasis on the German-language literature of Austria, Switzerland, and elsewhere. The Library acquires the major German- and English-language critical works on German-language literature, theater, and film of all historical periods, as well as scholarly treatments of the philosophical, social, historical, and intellectual milieus in which these cultural products took shape. Works in other European languages are collected to a lesser extent. Critical theory as it pertains to German literary and cultural studies is intensively acquired.Strong holdings in linguistics relating to the German language are complemented by materials in Germanic linguistics acquired in connection with the Library’s Icelandic collection and the collections in Netherlandic and Scandinavian studies.