Dr. Edward Potter

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Associate Professor

1006 Lee Hall




  • Ph.D. in German Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A. in Modern German Literature with minors in Older German Literature/German Linguistics as well as English and American Literature and Linguistics, Christian-Albrechts-Universität (Kiel, Germany)
  • B.A. in English with a minor in German, The Pennsylvania State University

Joined CMLL in: 


Research Interests

  • 18th-century literature and culture
  • German drama
  • Marriage and gender in literature
  • Hypochondria, illness, and medicine in literature

Teaching Interests

All areas of German language, literature, and culture

Notable Awards

  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Re-Invitation Program Research Grant, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, June-August 2007
  • Humanities and Arts Research Program (HARP) Research Fellow, Mississippi State University, 2005-2006
  • Phi Beta Kappa, The Pennsylvania State University

Selected Publications


  • Marriage, Gender, and Desire in Early Enlightenment German Comedy, Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2012), 198 pp.

Recent Articles:

  • "Aristocrats as Targets of Satire in Cornelius von Ayrenhoff's Comedies," Journal of Austrian Studies 55.3 (2022): 1-27.
  • "Hypochonrdria, Sentimental Friendship, and Same-Sex Desire in Anton Reiser," Goethe Yearbook 29 (2022): 1-24.
  • "National Identity and Gender: Reading Johanna Franul von Weissenthurn's Herrmann (1817) alongside Johann Elias Schlegel's Herrmann (1743)," Colloquia Germanica 53.1 (2021): 59-79.
  • "Bodily Humors and Sentiment in Joachim Wilhelm von Brawe's Der Freygeist," Lessing Yearbook/Jahrbuch 47 (2020): 99-120.

Dr. Potter has published articles on writers such as C. F. Gellert, J. W. von Goethe, L. A. V. Gottsched, J. M. R. Lenz, Th. J. Quistorp, and J. E. Schlegel, among others, in journals such as German Life and Letters, The German Quarterly, the Goethe Yearbook, Lumen, Orbis Litterarum, and Seminar.

Other Languages

French (reading knowledge)

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