Beate I. Allert

Beate I. Allert

Director // SIS // Comparative Literature

Professor // SIS // Comparative Literature

Professor // SLC // German

Professor // SIS // Film and Video Studies

Director of Comparative Literature // SIS

Professor // SLC

Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley


Office Information

Office: SC 256
Office Phone: (765) 494-3865
Office Hours: Fall 2019: T 12:30-1:30 pm;TH 2:45-3:45 pm & by appt.


German and Comparative Literature, esp. 18th and 19th centuries, Enlightenment, Weimar Classicism, Romanticism, Hermeneutics, Critical Theory, Metaphor, Ekphrasis, Visual-Verbal Dynamics, Color Theories, Film studies

Prof. Dr. Beate Allert completed her M.A. and Ph.D. at the U of California Berkeley, her undergraduate studies at the Universität Tübingen, Germany, taught at Mills College (CA), Mount Holyoke College (MA), at University of Bordeaux, France, and at Universität in Freiburg, Germany where she directed the Purdue-Ohio- Indiana Universities Consortium. She teaches at Purdue University since 1991.

Among her publications are five books: (1) Die Metapher und ihre Krise: Zur Dynamik der Bilderschrift Jean Pauls (New York: Peter Lang, 1987), (2)  Languages of Visuality: Crossings between Science, Art, Politics, and Literature (Detroit Wayne State University Press, 1996); (3) Comparative Cinema (Lewiston NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2008), (4) J.G. Herder: From Cognition to Cultural Science (Heidelberg: Synchron 2016); (5) Most recently her book G.E. Lessing: Poetic Constellations between the Visual and the Verbal (Heidelberg: Synchron, 2018) 424 pages (ISBN 978-3-939381-97-6) was published in December 2018 ("

She served for numerous years as Chair of German at Purdue U. During 2011-2013 she was Vice President and during 2013 – 2015 President of the International Herder Society; During 2017-2018 she served as Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Languages and Cultures and since August 2018 she directs the Purdue University Comparative Literature Program.



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