Laura Eidt Ph.D.

Laura Eidt, Ph.D.

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Modern Languages, Humanities Program Director; Faculty Advisor for K-12 Classical Curriculum Project

Phone: (972) 721-5212


Office: Anselm Hall #103

Dr. Laura Eidt has taught in the German, Spanish, Comparative Literature, and Humanities programs at the University of Dallas since 2006, and is Director of the Humanities Program and Faculty Advisor for the K-12 Classical Curriculum Team .

Laura Eidt grew up in Germany and received her B.A. in English, Spanish, and German Literatures and Linguistics from Hamburg University. After a year-long scholarship to study at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, she decided to pursue a career in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas in Austin. She wrote her M.A. thesis entitled Poetry of German Expressionism and the Spanish Avant-garde: Re-Contextualizing García Lorca’s Poeta en Nueva York and her doctoral dissertation, Writing and Filming the Painting: Ekphrasis in Literature and Film, which was published as a book by Rodopi Editorial in 2008. Dr. Eidt is interested in the interrelations of various art forms, particularly literature, the visual arts, and film, and she loves to use a variety of media in all of her classes, from introductory language classes to advanced comparative literature classes. Having studied English, Spanish, French, Italian and Latin (in addition to her native German) at various points in her life, she is also highly interested in how languages are learned, how they are related, and in effective ways of teaching foreign languages. She has been teaching in the German, Spanish, Comparative Literature, and Humanities Programs at the University of Dallas since 2006 and regularly teaches various classes on Foreign language pedagogy, German literature, German and Spanish language classes, a class on Teaching Classical Children’s Literature, and Great Works in the Modern World.  She was a mentor at a bilingual school in Dallas for four years and now is the faculty advisor for the Classical Curriculum team, for which she is currently writing a Latin curriculum for K-3rd grade.

  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Texas at Austin          
  • B.A., University of Hamburg, Germany (major: English Literature and Linguistics, minors: German Literature and Spanish Literature, with study abroad at Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
  • Co-Director of Comparative Literary Traditions
  • Affiliate Assistant Professor of Modern Languages
Courses regularly taught at UD

Humanities Courses
HUM 6330 Great Works of the Modern World
HUM 6V77 Teaching Classical Children's Literature
HUM 6V77 Foreign Language Pedagogy in Classical Elementary Schools

German Courses
MGE 1601 Intensive First Year German
MGE 1602 Intensive Second Year German
MGE 3310 Advanced German Grammar
MGE 3311 Advanced Conversation and Composition
MGE 3312 Introduction to German Studies
MGE 3343 German Literary Tradition III
MGE 3V50 German Children's Literature

Spanish Courses
MSP 1301 First Year Spanish I
MSP 1302 First Year Spanish II
MSP 2316 Second Year Spanish II
MSP 3324 Advanced Spanish Composition/Grammar
MSP 3323 Advanced Spanish Communication/Grammar

Departmental Courses (offered for German, Italian, French, and Spanish credit)
3331 Applied Linguistics: Introduction to Foreign Language Pedagogy
3V32 German/French/Italian/Spanish Outreach Teaching Practicum

Comparative Literary Traditions Courses
MCT 3309 Introduction to Comparative Literary Traditions
MCT 3381 Contemporary Europe: Crossing Borders in Literature and Film
MCT 4349 Senior Honors Thesis
MCTG 3305 Introduction to German Literature


  • Writing and Filming the Painting: Ekphrasis in Literature and Film. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2008.


  • "Borges' Translations of German Expressionist Poetry: Spaniardizing Expressionism." The Comparatist: Journal of the Southern Comparative Literature Association 32 (2008): 115-139.
  • "Poetry of German Expressionism and the Spanish Avant-garde: Re-contextualizing García Lorcas Poeta en Nueva York." Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 38 (2004): 1-23.
  • "German Unification: Concepts of Identity in Poetry from the East and West." The German Quarterly 76.3 (2003): 273-288.