Christine Lehleiter

Associate Chair, Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of German

Contact info

University of Toronto
Odette Hall 318
50 St. Joseph Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3L5

Phone 416-926-2322
Secretary: 416-926-2324

Office Hours

Mon 2-3
and by appointment

Classes 2019 – 2020



Ph.D. Indiana University 2007

Selected Publications


Romanticism, Origins, and the History of Heredity. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2014. 323 pages.

Finalist, Novalis-Preis 2016

Fact and Fiction: Literary and Scientific Cultures in Germany and Britain (ed.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016. 368 pages.

The volume is available on Knowledge Unlatched



Articles and Book Chapters:

“Equilibrium Lost and Regained: Joseph Gottlieb Koelreuter’s Attempts to Conceptualize Plant Hybridization.” The Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory 92:2 (2017): 125-142.

“Fact and Fiction: Literary and Scientific Cultures in Germany and Britain – Thoughts on a Contentious Relationship.” Fact and Fiction: Literary and Scientific Cultures in Germany and Britain. Ed. Christine Lehleiter. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016. 1-39.

“’Kunst ist der Ruf einer Gottheit’: Therese Hubers Positionierung weiblicher Kreativität zwischen Naturgenie und Profession.” Weibliche Kreativität um 1800 / Women’s Creativity Around 1800. Ed. Linda Dietrick and Birte Giesler. Hannover: Wehrhahn, 2015. 163-184. (“‘Art is the Call of a Deity’: Therese Huber’s Positioning of Female Creativity between Natural Genius and Profession”)

“New Attention to Incest and Inbreeding as Ways of Reproduction around 1800: A Case Study of the Mignon Episode in Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister.” The Secrets of Generation: Reproduction in the Long Eighteenth Century. Ed. Raymond Stephanson and Darren Wagner. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015. 141-163.

“Sophie von La Roche’s ‘Die Geschichte des Fräuleins von Sternheim‘ (1771): Conceptualizing Female Selfhood around 1800.” Women in German Yearbook 29 (2013): 21-40.

“On Genealogy: Biology, Religion, and Aesthetics in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Elixiere des Teufels (1815/16) and Erasmus Darwin’s Zoonomia (1794-96).” The German Quarterly 84.1 (Winter 2011): 41-60.

“How German is the Indian Tiger? The Uncanny as the Repressed Familiar in Der Tiger von Eschnapur (Thea von Harbou, Fritz Lang, Joe May).” Mapping Channels between Ganges and Rhine: German-Indian Cross-Cultural Relations. Ed. Jörg Esleben, Christina Kränzle, and Sukanya Kulkarni. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008. 188-209.