German Language and Literatures
Department Chair:
Elizabeth Hamilton

Administrative Assistant:
Polly Bratton

Department Email:

Phone: 440 7758650
Fax: 440 7756355

Peters Hall 222
50 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.–Noon and 1–3:30 p.m.

Steven Huff

Steven Huff

Professor of German

Contact Information


Peters Hall 216
(440) 775-8658

Personal Office Hours:
Monday and Wednesday
10:00 p.m. - 10:50 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
And by appointment.

Steven Huff

Steven Huff

Professor Steven Huff

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Arizona State University, 1980
  • Master of Arts, Arizona State University, 1982
  • Master of Arts, Princeton University, 1984
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University,1987

Areas of Special Interest

Baroque, Goethezeit, Romanticism, and the interrelations of music and literature


Published Works


Heinrich von Kleist's Poetics of Passivity. Rochester: Camden House, 2009

 Steve book



"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, and Czech resistance literature



Representative Courses

  • 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


Contact information
216 Peters Hall