University of Pennsylvania
Ellie and Herbert D. Katz Distinguished Fellowship

Research Topic

German-Jewish Autobiography in the Late 18th Century


Liliane Weissberg is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor in the School of Arts & Sciences, and Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. She researches late eighteenth-century to early twentieth-century German literature and philosophy. Much of her work deals with German Jewish studies, but she has also written on the German Enlightenment, European and American Romanticism, German realism, and visual studies. While at the Katz Center, she will analyze Freud's apartment and office complex as well as Freud's neighborhood, Vienna's Ninth District (Alsergrund).

Weissberg received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. She has previously held fellowships at the Katz Center, the American Academy in Berlin, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, and Oxford University, among others.

Selected publications

  • Münzen, Hände, Noten, Finger: Berliner Hofjuden und die Erfindung einer deutschen Musikkultur, Vorlesungen des Centrums für Jüdische Studien Graz 12 (German; Clio Verlag, 2018)
  • Über Haschisch und Kabbalah. Gershom Scholem, Siegfried Unseld und das Werk von Walter Benjamin (German; Deutsche Schillerges, 2012)



Devoted to the home, and seeking to advance research that will shed light on this most formative and intimate of contexts for Jewish life. 


Meditating on modern Jewish literature in its entirety and all its methods of study.

1998–1999 (1)

Analyzing simultaneously medieval poetry and the texts and philosophical issues of the Haskalah.