Edith Toegel

Edith Toegel
Edith Toegel

Associate Professor of German and Russian Languages and Literatures (German)

Christian A. Johnson Hall 221

Born in Vienna, Austria, Toegel studied at the University of Vienna and earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at Tufts University and her doctorate from the University of Washington. She has been a Hamilton faculty member since 1993, specializing in 19th- and 20th-century German and Austrian literature and culture. Her articles have appeared in German Life and Letters, Oxford German Studies, Forum for Modern Language Studies and Modern Austrian Literature. Her critical biography of the life of Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, a 19th-century Austrian writer, was published in 1997. Toegel held the position of associate dean of students/study abroad from 2002-06.

Recent Courses Taught

German language - all levels
Advanced Composition and Stylistics
The “Novelle”
German Culture
German Conversation
Survey of German Literature - from 800 to the present
19th- and 20th-century German Literature
Literature and Culture after 1945
German Women Writers in Translation


Teacher of the Year, Hamilton College, 1997

Selected Publications


  • Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach: Leben und Werk.  Vol. 25, “Austrian Culture Series” (Bern, Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 1997).
  • Emily Dickinson and Annette von Droste-Hülshoff: Poets as Women. Studia Humanitatis (Washington D.C.: The Catholic University of America, 1982).


  • “The Garden as Literature – Literary Gardens: Notes on Barbara Frischmuth’s Garden Diaries.” German Studies Review, Vol. XXXII, No. 2 (May 2009).
  • “‘Der Blick über den Kulturzaun’: Perspectives on Multiculturalism in the novels of Barbara Frischmuth.” Seminar. A Journal of Germanic Studies, Vol. 45:2 (May 2009).
  • “‘An American in Paris’ – An American in Paris? Reflections of a study abroad advisor.” The United States in Global Contexts: American Studies after 9/11 and Iraq (Münster: Literatur Verlag; December 2004).
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  • “The Spirit of Place: Cultural Identity and the Concept of ‘Heimat’ in the recent works of Barbara Frischmuth.” In: Barbara Frischmuth in Contemporary Context, Renate S. Posthofen, ed. (Riverside, CA: Ariadne Press, 1999).
  • “‘Vergangene Freuden  - überstandene Leiden’:  Reflections on Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach's Autobiographical Writings.” Modern Austrian Literature, Vol. 30, No. 2 (1997).
  • “Selbstzensur in Marie von Ebner-Eschenbachs Autobiographischen Werken.” In:  Proceedings of the IX. International Worldcongress (Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag).
  • “The ‘Leidensjahre’ of Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach: Her Dramatic Works.” German Life and Letters, Vol. XLVI, No. 2 (April 1993).
  • “Daughters and Fathers in Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach’s Works.”  Oxford German Studies, Vol. 20/21 (1991-1992).
  • “Women in Conflict in Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach’s Tales.” Chapter in: Sexuality, the Female Gaze and the Arts (Susquehanna University Studies, Selinsgrove: Susquehanna University Press, 1992), pp.155-165.

College Service

  • Interim director of Off-Campus Study, 2013-14
  • Associate dean of students/director of study abroad programs, 1999-2000; 2001-06
  • Chair, Department of German and Russian, 1997-99; 2000-01; spring 2009; 2010-13
  • Committee on Student Awards and Prizes, 2009-12
  • Committee on Academic Policy, fall 2009
  • Committee on Admission and Financial Aid, 2003-07
  • Committee for January Admitted Students, 2003-06
  • Judicial Board, 2000-03
  • Mellon Assessment Committee, 1999-2002
  • Committee on Student Activities, 1997-99
  • Fellowship Committee, 1998-99
  • Committee on Academic Standing, 1993-98

Appointed to the Faculty: 1992

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Washington
M.A., Tufts University
B.A., Tufts University

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