Liliane Weissberg’s field is Comparative Literature, and in particular literary theory and American, German, and French literatures from late eighteenth-century to present. She has published books and articles on Edgar Allan Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Toni Morrison, and others, including Geistersprache: Philosophischer und literarischer Diskurs im spaeten achtzehnten Jahrhundert (1990), Edgar Allan Poe (in German, 1991), Cultural Memory and the Construction of Identity (1999, with Dan Ben-Amos), and Romancing the Shadow: Poe and Race (with J.Gerald Kennedy, 2001). Her critical edition of Hannah Arendt’s Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewess appeared in 1997. Weissberg taught at University of the Arts in Berlin and The Johns Hopkins University before coming to Penn in 1989, and has held Visiting Professorships at Princeton, Hamburg, Bochum, Potsdam, Berlin, Graz, and Heidelberg. Her current research focuses on literary and psychoanalytic theory, as well as German-Jewish Studies.