Rebecca Steele

Associate Professor



Betriebswirt, Leibniz-Akademie, 2001;

M.A. Rutgers University, 2007
Ph.D., 2009


Professor Steele specializes in the construction of femininity, female androgyny, and women's emancipation in late 18th and 19th century German-language literature. Her forthcoming articles include an essay on the misinterpretation of rape and sexual desire in Hebbel’s Judith, an article on the mythologizing of woman in Schiller’s Maria Stuart, and a study of the concept of the long-suffering wife in the medieval German courtly romance, Erec by Hartmann von Aue. Steele is currently rewriting and expanding her award-winning dissertation material into a book manuscript (Women in German Dissertation Prize 2010), which investigates the representation of the androgynous woman in male- and female-authored texts in early 19th century German-language literature.

Research Interests

18th and 19th century German language literature. Representations of women, gender, and sexuality from the Enlightenment to Realism; function of memory and mediation in Romanticism, modern and post-modern women authors.


GERM 1020 1st Year German II, GERM 2040 2nd Year German II, GERM 3050 3rd Year German I, GERM 4145/5145 Weimar Classicism, GERM 4110/5110 Survey of German Lit II, GERM 4240/5240 German Romanticism, GERM 4200 Intro to Research

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Rebecca Steele


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