Liliane Weissberg

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Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor in the School of Arts & Sciences
Professor of German and Comparative Literature
Graduate Chair of Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures
Contact Information
Office Address: 
747 Williams Hall
(215) 898-7332 or (215) 898-3343
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Office Hours: 
Thursday 2:00 - 4:00 pm, and by appt.

Liliane Weissberg is Professor of German and Comparative Literature. She is also a member of the Jewish Studies Program, the Art History Graduate Group, the English Graduate Group, the Program in Visual Studies, the Committee in Women's Studies, the Center in Folklore and Ethnography.


Ph.D., Harvard University

Research and Teaching Interests: 

Weissberg's interests focus on late eighteenth-century to early twentieth-century German literature and philosophy. Much of her work has concentrated on German, European, and American Romanticism, but she has also written on the notion of representation in realism, on photography, and on literary and feminist theory.

Most of Weissberg's work in recent years has been concerned with the recovery and exploration of a German-Jewish literary and cultural tradition. She has worked extensively on Jewish women writers of the early nineteenth century, such as Henriette Herz, Dorothea Schlegel, Regina Frohberg, and Rahel Varnhagen, and has completed a book on early German-Jewish autobiography that focuses on the writings of Salomon Maimon, Lazarus Bendavid, and others. 

Selected Publications: 

Among her more recent books are a critical edition of Hannah Arendt's Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewess (1997), the anthologies Cultural Memory and the Construction of Identity (with Dan Ben-Amos, 1999), Romancing the Shadow: Poe and Race (with J. Gerald Kennedy, 2001),  Picture This! Writing with Photography (with Karen Beckman, forthcoming 2011), and Hannah Arendt und die Frankfurter Schule (forthcoming, 2011), as well as Hannah Arendt, Charlie Chaplin und die verborgene jüdische Tradition (2009). 

Work in Progress: 

She is currently working on a book on Sigmund Freud and the notion of “acculturation.”