Eleanor Ter Horst

Eleanor Ter Horst

Chair and Associate Professor of German, French and Comparative Literature
Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature


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

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



  • 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.