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Friederike Eigler


Professor and Chair


Department of German
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FRIEDERIKE EIGLER received her Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and joined the faculty of the German Department at Georgetown University in 1989. From 2007-10 she was chair of the German Department, and from 2009-10 she also served as Convener of the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics at Georgetown.

Professor Eigler has published widely on 20th and 21st century German literature and culture and is currently completing her third monograph on Contemporary Narratives of Place, Space, and Belonging in German-Polish Border Regions. Her publications appear regularly in peer-reviewed journals and anthologies and range from explorations of literature in the context gender studies, cultural memory, generational discourses, and spatial theories – to considerations of the teaching of literature and Second Language Acquisition.

Her extensive editing experience includes major professional journals (from 2004-06, she served as general editor of "The German Quarterly"; in 2004 she edited a special issue of “Seminar” on “Orientalism”), as well as anthologies, and encylopedia (in 1997, she edited "The Feminist Encyclopedia of German Literature" with Susanne Kord).

Professor Eigler considers her teaching – both at the undergraduate and the graduate levels – to be an integral and most rewarding part of her engagement with German language, literature, and culture. Her involvement in the department’s comprehensive reform of the undergraduate curriculum has also shaped her approach to teaching at the graduate level. In all of her classes, she seeks to foster the necessary knowledge base, the critical thinking and reading skills, and – closely intertwined with the former -- the appropriate linguistic registers and familiarity with academic genres in both German and English. She enjoys assisting students with their papers and research projects, and she is committed to familiarizing graduate students with all aspects of the profession in an increasingly competitive field. This process involves a conscious effort to instill in her students a sense of German Studies as an academic field that invites, indeed demands, their ongoing inquiry and active participation.


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  • Ph.D. () Washington University in St. Louis,


  • French (read)
  • German (speak, read, write)