Christine Lehleiter

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

By appointment

Classes 2020 – 2021

Fall: GER323 Weimar Culture and Beyond, GER332 Deviance, Madness, Outsiders in Literature
Winter: GER150 German Culture and Civilization, GER1550 Origins: Myths of Beginning in German Literature and Thought


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

    Jocelyn Holland in Monatshefte 108.2 (2016): 304-305
    Leif Weatherby in German Studies Review 40.1 (2017): 190-192
    Stefani Engelstein in Goethe Yearbook 24 (2017): 313-315
    Gabriel Trop in Eighteenth-Century Studies 51.3 (2018): 385-386

  • 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

    Steven Howe in European Romantic Review 28.4 (2017): 495-500
    Christopher R. Clason in Goethe Yearbook 25 (2018): 305-306
    Yevgenya Strakowsky in Monatshefte 110.1 (Spring 2018): 122-124
    Joseph O’Neil in University of Toronto Quarterly 87.3 (Summer 2018): 339-341

Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “The Reality of Battle: Realism in the Context of Goethe’s War Experience.” Realism in the Age of Goethe and its Legacy. Eds. Jan Jost-Fritz and Christian Weber (under review).
  • “The genealogy of dwarfs: reproduction and romantic mythology in Goethe’s New Melusine.“ History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 43:9 (2021). DOI 10.1007/s40656-020-00358-3 (full-text view-only version)
  • “Therese Huber.” Handbuch Vormärz. Ed. Norbert Otto Eke. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2020. 812-817.
  • “‘Wer weiß, [...] welche wunderbaren Generationen uns noch [...] bevorstehn.’ Novalis’ Denken im Kontext der zeitgenössischen Biologie.” Blütenstaub-Jahrbuch der Frühromantik 5/2019: 137-152.
  • “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.

Major Grants and Research Awards:

  • Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers: Stimulus, Response, Behavior: Habit at the Intersection of Nature and Culture (1750-1850)
  • SSHRC Insight Development Grant: “Neurohumanities: What can we learn from the 18th Century?” 2017-21
  • SSHRC Insight Development Grant: “Original Sin: the Quest for the Origin of Evil” 2011-2015

Teaching Award:

Outstanding Teaching Award, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto, 2017/18