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For over 250 years, De Gruyter has been one of the leading philological scholarly publishers. While in former centuries Humboldt, Schleiermacher and Lachmann were among our authors, today our authors include renowned national and international linguists and literary scholars.

In addition to high-quality monographs and text books, our program also includes standard editions, lexica and dictionaries. 

De Gruyter is dedicated to German studies, especially in the following three areas:

  • Literary studies:
    With the monograph series Sources and Research on Literature and Cultural History [“Quellen und Forschungen zur Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte”], edited by Ernst Osterkamp and Werner Röcke, the narrative-theoretical series “Narratologia. Contributions to Narrative Theory”, and the journals “arcadia. International Journal of Literary Science” and “fabula. Journal for Narrative Research”, De Gruyter offers important forums for high-quality scholarly literature. One of our most important editions is the Hamburg Complete Klopstock Edition [“Klopstock Gesamtausgabe”]. De Gruyter has also published such indispensable reference works as the Encyclopedia of Fairy Tales [“Enzyklopädie des Märchens”] and the Encyclopaedia of German Literary Studies [“Reallexikon der deutschen Literaturwissenschaft”].
  • German Medieval studies:
    De Gruyter has always been one of the best addresses for publications about German literature from the Middle Ages. We publish not only important standard editions of “Parzival”, “Willehalm”, “Tristan” und “Iwein”, but also essential lexica, such as the famous Dictionary of Authors [“Verfasserlexikon”], which has become indispensible for modern Medieval studies. The series “Trends in Medieval Philology”, edited by Ingrid Kasten, Niklaus Largier and Mireille Schnyder, is a collection of high-quality monographs and anthologies and represents a prominent forum for current scholarly discussions.
  • German linguistics:
    Linguistic publications have always been a program focus of our publishing house. In addition to renowned series, such as “Studia Linguistica Germanica” (with focus on language history), edited by Oskar Reichmann and Stefan Sonderegger, and the series “Linguistik – Impulse & Tendenzen” (with focus on research from general and applied linguistics with transdiciplinary orientation), De Gruyter also provides the field with outstanding journals, i.e. the Journal of German Linguistics [“Zeitschrift für germanistische Linguistik”] and reference works such as the Early New High German Dictionary [“Frühneuhochdeutsche Wörterbuch”], the Dictionary of German Foreign Words [“Deutsche Fremdwörterbuch”], the Kluge Etymological Dictionary of the German Language [“Kluge”], and the Seibicke Historical Book of German First Names [“Seibicke”]. With its various publication forums, De Gruyter is represented in all areas of current linguistic debate.

The Linguistics and Literature & Cultural Studies departments see themselves as partners to philology and continue to develop their extensive program in accordance with the developments and needs of scholarly research.

This is made possible by a wide network of contacts to the most distinguished scholars, by close cooperation with academies and other scientific and scholarly institutions, i.e. the “Institut für deutsche Sprache” [German Language Institute] in Mannheim, and through regular participation in all the important international conferences. De Gruyter also offers contents from linguistics and literary studies in electronic form (eBooks, databases).

A professionally-staffed editorial office, extensive peer-review processes and the highest demands on the content and layout of our books guarantee the high quality of De Gruyter’s German philology program.