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Astrida Orle Tantillo, PhD

Professor Emerita

Dean Emerita College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

History (Modern Europe, German, 18th c. literature)


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Professor Tantillo served as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 2010-2022 before retiring from the Department in 2023. Up until her retirement, she taught courses on 18th-century German culture and history of science and is the author of three books, Goethe’s Modernisms (Continuum, 2010), The Will to Create: Goethe’s Philosophy of Nature (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002), and Goethe’s Elective Affinities and the Critics (Camden House, 2001).

She also served as the president of the Goethe Society of North America and is the founding editor of the book series (co-sponsored by the Goethe Society of North America and Bucknell University Press) on “Goethe and His Age.”

Selected Publications

“The Catholicism of Werther.” German Quarterly 81 (2008): 408-23.

“Werther, Frankenstein, and Girardian Mediated Desire.” Studia Neophilologica 80 (2008): 133-43.

“Damned to Heaven: The Tragedy of Faust Revisited.” Monatshefte, 99 (2007): 454-468.

“The Subjective Eye: Goethe’s Farbenlehre and Faust” in The Enlightened Eye: Goethe and Visual Culture. Ed. Evelyn Moore and Patricia Simpson. Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi, 2007. 265-77.


PhD, University of Chicago

Research Currently in Progress

Major Interests:
Goethe; 18th-century literature, culture, and history of science