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Astrida Orle Tantillo, PhD

Professor and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Germanic Studies


Building & Room:

409 UH


601 S. Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 413-7329


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

Selected Publications


  • Goethe’s Modernisms, Continuum Press, 2010
  • The Will to Create: Goethe’s Philosophy of Nature. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002.
  • Goethe’s Elective Affinities and the Critics. Rochester: Camden House, 2001.


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