Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Professor of German Language and Literature
Notre Dame attracted me because of its fascinating identity. At one and the same time, it is a liberal arts college that embraces teaching and learning, a dynamic and ambitious research university, and a Catholic institution of international standing.
In addition to German language and culture, I have been motivated to teach broader courses, such as “Faith, Doubt, and Reason,” that resonate with Notre Dame’s mission. With all my students I stress engaging the great questions, cultivating formal skills, and developing character.
My research explores four main themes: interpretations of literature and film, primarily but not exclusively works from the German tradition; philosophy, especially aesthetics; the history of ideas; and higher education, which is the result of having served 11 years as dean of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters.
Across all four areas, I endeavor to pursue the kinds of integrative and ultimate questions that are so much at home at a Catholic university. This interest has led me to write books on the value of a liberal arts education, the importance of literature in the 21st century, the idea of a Catholic university, and forms of tragedy and comedy.