Liliane Weissberg is Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor in Arts and Sciences and 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 Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, and the Graduate Group in Religious Studies. 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. 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), and Romancing the Shadow: Poe and Race (with J. Gerald Kennedy, 2001), Hannah Arendt, Charlie Chaplin und die verborgene jüdische Tradition (2009), the anthology Affinität wider Willen? Hannah Arendt, Theodor W. Adorno und die Frankfurter Schule (2011) and the forthcoming Writing with Photography (with Karen Beckman, 2013).
Weissberg has also curated and co-curated art exhibitions, contributed to various exhibition catalogues, and has been heard on various radio shows by BBC World Service, CBC Toronto, Hessischer Rundfunk, Bayrischer Rundfunk, as well as NPR and the MLA radio service.
Weissberg's courses have included seminars on contemporary German women's literature, on turn of the century Vienna, on the Enlightenment, onr realism, and on literary theory, for example: GRMN 580 "Walter Benjamin,” GRMN 540 "Memory, Trauma, Culture," GRMN 253 Freud: The Invention of Psychoanalysis,” GRMN237 Berlin: History, Politics, Culture,” and GRMN 242 "Fantastic & Uncanny in Literature.”
Read all about, and listen to, Prof. Weissberg's introductory lecture for the Franz-Rosenzweig-Professur (2012) at the University of Kassel.
Listen to Prof. Weissberg's talk "Political Philosophy's Need for Literature" from the conference "Hannah Arendt and the Humanities: On the Relevance of Her Work Beyond the Realm of Politics" (Stanford, 2010).
Listen to Prof. Weissberg discuss Johann Gottfried Herder ("Lehrer, Prediger, Schriftsteller" on Bayerische Rundfunk's radioWissen. (2010).
Check out video from Prof. Weissberg's talk (among others) from the recent symposium "A Continuing Conversation: Moses Mendelssohn and the Legacy of the Enlightenment," held by the Center for Jewish History, NYC (2011).
Watch Prof. Weissberg's Sixty Second Lecture at Penn (from YouTube, 2005).