Christian Weber



Associate Professor
Christian P. Weber is an Associate Professor of German. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Indiana at Bloomington. His research aims for a comprehensive phenomenological and critical investigation of the human imagination in its various manifestations, ranging from ancient mythologies and Judeo-Christian theology to the emergence of national ideologies and global world-views. C. Weber is also the German program’s graduate and graduate study-abroad adviser.

Weber’s monograph Die Logik der Lyrik: Goethes Phänomenologie des Geistes in Gedichten argues that Goethe’s early ‘hymns of genius’ perform as a poetic whole a thorough critique of the imagination that complements Kant’s Critique of Judgment and rivals Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. He currently works on a sequel that examines Goethe’s later poetry on the same trajectory. Another book-length project investigates the formative powers of biopolitical metaphors (for example “grafting,” “elective affinities,” “self-generation”) as cultural life-models for the organization of national identities and institutions.

Research Interest

German Literature and Philosophy from the 18th Century to the present, with a special focus on Goethe and his age (from Enlightenment to Romanticism/Idealism)
Lyric Poetry
Aesthetic Theory
Cultural History of Nationalism
German Film

Courses Taught

FOW 5052: Critical Theory
GET 3524: German Cinema
GEW 5208: Studies in a Genre


Rm. 316C, Diffenbaugh

Selected Publications


  • Die Logik der Lyrik: Goethes Phänomenologie des Geistes in Gedichten, Freiburg i.B.: Rombach Press, 2014 (486pp.)

Selected Articles:

  • Elective Affinities / Wahlverwandtschaften: The Career of a Metaphor, in: Fact and Fiction, ed. by Christine Lehleiter, Toronto: Toronto University Press (forthcoming)
  • Beyond the Poem: Strategies of Meta-Poetical Reflections in Goethe’s Erster Weimarer Gedichtsammlung, in: Goethe Yearbook XX (2013), 25-57
  • Particular Universals - Universal Particulars: Biopolitical Metaphors and the Emergence of Nationalism in Europe (1650-1815), in: History of European Ideas 39.3 (2013), 426-448.
  • Phänomenologie der visuellen Einbildungskraft in Goethes Die Metamorphose der Pflanzen, in: Zwischen Sichtbarkeit und Unsichtbarkeit, ed. by Martin Kirves, Dirk Uhlmann, Jürgen Kaufmann, München: Fink 2014.
  • Goethes Prometheus: Kritik der poietischen Einbildungskraft, in: Goethe Yearbook XVI (2009), 101-133.
  • Goethes Ganymed und der Sündenfall der Ästhetik, in: Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift 81.3 (2007), 317-345.
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