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Elliott Schreiber Associate Professor and Chair of German Studies

Elliott Schreiber received his BA from the University of Chicago, and his PhD in Germanic Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington. He has also studied and worked abroad in Berlin, Tübingen, and Innsbruck. His research illuminates contemporary social, aesthetic, and philosophical problems by investigating their emergence in 18th- and 19th-century Germany, especially the period referred to as the Age of Goethe (approximately 1770-1830). His book, The Topography of Modernity: Karl Philipp Moritz and the Space of Autonomy (Cornell University Press and Cornell University Library, 2013), explores the challenges wrought by modernity through the work of one of the most fascinating late-Enlightenment writers and thinkers. Other research interests include the ideology of the folktale (especially in the work of the Brothers Grimm); German-Jewish relations (with a focus on Heinrich Heine); children’s literature and representations of childhood; intersections between literature and the sciences (particularly cosmology and scientific exploration); and the theory and practice of translation. He is a member of the International Studies and Jewish Studies programs.

  • BA, University of Chicago; MA, PhD, Indiana University
  • At Vassar since 2003



  • GERM 210. Intermediate German I: Identity in Contemporary Germany
  • GERM 275. Spiel: Exploring the Wonderful World of German Board Games


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Photo: Karl Rabe/Vassar College
Photo: Karl Rabe/Vassar College