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Lea Greenberg


Lea Greenberg

Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern Languages (German) and European Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401


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Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern Languages (German) and European Studies

General Interests

Lea Greenberg

My teaching is informed by working across disciplinary boundaries: Learning German offers an entryway into exploring new cultural, literary, and historical topics, while also recognizing the fluidity of cultural and linguistic boundaries. My research has focused on the role of the Jewish daughter figure in German Jewish and Yiddish literature of the long nineteenth century, looking at how anxieties toward modernization and social transformations are encoded in the daughter’s romantic and intellectual engagement with the non-Jewish world. I am also interested in the construction of “eastern” versus “western” Europe and how German authors writing from so-called eastern Europe interact with, participate in, and subvert the idea of the German canon and  Bildung.

Years at Knox: 2021-present


Ph.D., German Studies, 2021, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill & Duke University

B.A., German, 2014, Grinnell College

Selected Professional Accomplishments


Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2020–2021

Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies doctoral fellowship, Freie Universität Berlin, 2018–2019

James B. Duke International Research Travel Fellowship, Duke Graduate School, 2018–2019

Religions and Public Life graduate scholar, Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, 2017–2018

Council for European Studies Society of Fellows, Duke University, 2016–2017

Royster Fellowship, Royster Society of Fellows at UNC - Chapel Hill, 2015–2020

Nathan J. Perilman Fellowship in Jewish Studies, Duke Center for Jewish Studies, 2015–2020

Fulbright U.S. Student Award, English Teaching Assistantship, Fulbright Germany, 2014–2015


"Staging Theatrical and Linguistic Adaptation: Yiddish Theater of the Berlin Haskalah." Jahrbuch Selma Stern Zentrum für Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg (forthcoming Oct. 2021).

"The Papal Game: Telling a Jewish Story from the Mayse bukh, Ayzik Meyer Dik, and Marcus Lehmann" ( co-authored with Ruth von Bernuth and Joshua Shelly). Nexus: Essays in German Jewish Studies, Vol. 5­ (2021): 65-100. 

Book review of Marc Volovici, German as a Jewish Problem: The Language Politics of Jewish Nationalism (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2020), In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies (2021).

"'Ein poetischer Schleier': Bildung and Failed Conversion in Fanny Lewald's Jenny." The German Quarterly 93.3, (2020), 325-342.


“The Prodigal Daughter: The Politics of Gender, Love, and Learning in Kompert’s Ghetto Fiction,” Grinnell College Department of German. Grinnell, IA (Feb. 10, 2020).

“Lost Daughters: The Politics of Gender, Love, and Learning in Kompert’s Ghetto Fiction,” colloquium of the Selma Stern Zentrum für Jüdische Studien. Berlin, Germany (Nov. 28, 2019).

Speaker: ''Why Yiddish in German Studies?" Roundtable at the German Studies Association (GSA) Annual Convention. Portland, OR (Oct. 3-6, 2019).

“Wie die ‘tayere lezerin’ spricht: Liebe und Sprache als Rebellion in Di kremerkes oder Golde-Mine di broder agune.” XXI. Symposium für Jiddische Studien in Deutschland. Heinrich-Heine-Universität. Düsseldorf, Germany (Sept. 3–5, 2018).

“‘Trügliche Worte:’ The Role of Language in Mendelssohn’s Jerusalem.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. University of Kentucky. Lexington, KY (April 18–21, 2018).

“Gender, Sexuality, and the Poetics of German-Yiddish Adaptation: Aaron Halle-Wolfssohn Remakes Molière.” GSA Annual Convention. Atlanta, GA (Oct. 5–8, 2017).

Professional Service

Association for Jewish Studies, Coalition for Women in German, German Studies Association

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