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Christina M. Weiler

Christina Weiler
Teaching Assistant Professor


Ph.D. Comparative Literature, Purdue University, 2017.
M.A. Magister Artium: English, German, and Romance (Spanish) Philology, Freiburg University, Germany, 2012.
Erstes Staatsexamen Lehramt an Gymnasien for German, English, and Spanish, Freiburg University, Germany, 2011.

Intellectual Biography & Awards

My research focuses on German literature, culture, and philosophy of the long eighteenth century in a comparative and interdisciplinary framework. Particularly, I am interested in metaphor studies, philosophy of nature and the senses, and environmental studies. I have published on J.G. Herder, E.T.A. Hoffmann, and German film. Currently, I am working on a book project on the Romantic roots of cognitive poetics, a comparative study of poetic metaphor in the works of Herder, Novalis, Coleridge and Shelley. This project, supported by a grant of the Purdue Research Foundation, investigates the mechanisms of creative conceptualizations as well as the epistemological and phenomenological potential of metaphors.

After serving as Vice President from 2021-2022, Dr. Weiler is now President of the North Carolina chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (NCAATG) through 2024. Visit the website here.

Recent Publications

(Accepted) “Motherhood and the Surveillance State in the Anthropocene: An Ecofeminist
Reading of Birgit Vanderbeke’s Die Frau mit dem Hund.” The Tender Gaze:
Compassionate Encounters on the German Screen, Stage, and Page. Eds. Muriel
Cormican and Jennifer William. Camden House.

(Forthcoming) “The Metaphysical Machinery of Mining in Novalis’s Works.” Artful Designs:
Automata and Hidden Machinery of Global Romanticism. Eds. Christopher
Clason and Michael Demson. Bucknell University Press. (publication April 2020)

“Transgressive Play and Uncanny Toys in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s ‘Das fremde Kind.’” E. T. A. Hoffmann: Transgressive Romanticism. Ed. Christopher Clason. Liverpool University Press. 133-148. 2018

“Cognitive Metaphors of Synesthetic Perception in Herder’s ‘Amor und Psyche auf einem Grabmal.’” Herder: From Cognition to Cultural Science/Von der Erkenntnis zur Kulturwissenschaft. Ed. Beate Allert. Heidelberg: Synchron Publishers, 2016. 121-135

“Reliving the Rise of Fascism through the Power of Images: Meta-Filmic (Anti-) Propaganda in the Film The Wave.” The Art of the Real: Visual Studies and New Materialisms. Eds. Ian Verstegen and Roger Rothman. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015. 101-118.

“Herder Orphaned as Kant’s Intellectual Child but Father of an Innovative Metaphorology before Blumenberg.” E-WOR[L]D_ – Electronic Journal in Comparative Literature, Semiotics, and Cultural Studies 1 (2015). Co-authored with Beate Allert. Web.

“Georg Kaiser’s Gas.” The Literary Encyclopedia. Ed. Jennifer William et al. Web. First published June 10, 2014.


Frequently Taught Courses

  • GERM 203: Intermediate German
  • GERM 204: Advanced Intermediate German

Additional Information

For more information about Dr. Weiler, see her website here.