Eleanor Ter Horst

Eleanor Ter Horst

Chair and Associate Professor
German, French and Comparative Literature

Research Interests

  • Comparative Literature
  • 18th- and 19th-Century French and German Literature
  • Early 20th-Century French and German Literature
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Classical Reception
  • Interdisciplinary Foreign Language Pedagogy


B..A. Yale University 1987
M.A. University of Michigan 1992
Ph.D. University of Michigan 1996



Studies in Honor of Robert ter Horst. Ed. Eleanor ter Horst, Edward H. Friedman and Ali Shehzad Zaidi. Fair Lawn, NJ: TSI Press, 2017

Lessing, Goethe, Kleist, and the Transformation of Gender: From Hermaphrodite to Amazon. New York: Peter Lang, 2003

Journal Articles

“The Conjugations of Don Juan.” Studies in Honor of Robert ter Horst. Fair Lawn, NJ: TSI Press, 2017.

“Obscure Conceptions:  The Origins of E. T. A. Hoffmann’s Das Gelübde and Kleist’s Die Marquise von O… “ Forthcoming in Colloquia Germanica (Winter 2017).

“The Classical Aesthetics of Schlegel’s Lucinde.” Goethe Yearbook 23 (2016).

"The Fortuitous Arch: Reconstructing Classical and Christian Interpretations of Sexuality in Kleist's Das Erdbeben in Chili." European Romantic Review. 2014.

"Masks and Metamorphoses: The Transformation of Classical Tradition in Goethe's Römische Elegien." German Quarterly 85.4 (Fall 2012).

"The Triangulation of Desire and the Chain of Reproduction in Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué and Ingeborg Bachmann." Seminar 47.3 (Summer 2011).

"Foreign Languages and Sustainability: Addressing the Connections, Communities and Comparisons Standards in Higher Education." Co-authored with Joshua M. Pearce. Foreign Language Annals 43.3 (Fall 2010).

"The Comedy and Tragedy of Sacrifice in Fatih Akin's Auf der anderen Seite." Rondas Literarias de Pittsburgh 2009.

"Overcoming Language Challenges of Open Source Appropriate Technology for Sustainable Development in Africa." Co-authored with Joshua M. Pearce. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa. 11. 3 (Winter 2009).

"Service Learning for Sustainable Development in Foreign Languages." Co-authored with Joshua M. Pearce. Sustainability at Universities: Opportunities, Challenges and Trends 2009. Ed. Walter Leal Filho. New York: Peter Lang, 2009.

"Foreign Languages and the Environment: A Collaborative Instructional Project." Co-authored with Joshua M. Pearce. The Language Educator (October 2008).

"Urban Pastoral: Tradition and Innovation in Apollinaire's 'Zone' and Rilke's 'Zehnte Duineser Elegie.'" Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature 32.1 (Winter 2008).

"The Pendulum of Poetry: Metaphor and Mediation in Rilke's Duineser Elegien." German Quarterly 79.3 (Summer 2006).

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All levels of German and French language, literature and culture classes.