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. She is currently chair of the German Department. She has also served as chair from 2007-2010 and as Convener of the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics during the academic year 2009/10.

Professor Eigler has published widely on 20th and 21st century German literature and culture and has recently completed her third monograph titled "Heimat, Space, Narrative: Toward a Transnational Approach to Flight and Expulsion" (Camden 2014). 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 (she co-edited "The Feminist Encyclopedia of German Literature" with Susanne Kord).

Professor Eigler considers her teaching 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 research projects and, together with her colleagues in the German Department at Georgetown, she is committed to familiarizing graduate students with all aspects of the profession.


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


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