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Liliane Weissberg

Liliane Weissberg

Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor in Arts and Sciences; Professor of German and Comparative Literature.

WIlliams Hall 747

Office Hours

fall 2014

Thursday 2-4 Williams Hall 747

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.

Courses Taught

fall 2020

spring 2019

GRMN 253.401 Freud  
GRMN 657.401 Becoming Modern  

spring 2017

ENGL 105.401 Freud  
ENGL 584.401 Weimar Landscapes  

fall 2016

GRMN 580.401 Hannah Arendt  

spring 2016

ENGL 563.401 Making and Marking Time  

fall 2015

ENGL 590.402 Walter Benjamin  

spring 2015

ENGL 105.402 Freud  

fall 2014

fall 2012

spring 2012

ENGL 105.401 Freud  
ENGL 588.401 Memory  

fall 2011

fall 2010

spring 2010

ENGL 261.401 Freud  

fall 2009

ENGL 238.401 Autobiographical Writing  

fall 2008

ENGL 588.401 Memory, Trauma, Culture  

fall 2007

ENGL 253.602 Freud  

fall 2006

ENGL 235.401 Autobiographical Writing  

fall 2004

fall 2003

ENGL 571.401 History of Literary Theory