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Ingrid Daemmrich

Ingrid Daemmrich, PhD

Adjunct Professor
Department of English and Philosophy
Office: 5016 MacAlister Hall


  • PhD, Modern Languages (Major: French), Wayne State University
  • MA, Comparative Literature (French and German), The University of Chicago
  • AB, History and Literature (England, France, and Germany), Radcliffe College


A specialist in literary themes and motifs, Ingrid G. Daemmrich has published numerous studies in thematics and comparative literature, including Enigmatic Bliss: The Paradise Motif in Literature and Spirals and Circles: A Key to Thematic Patterns in Classicism and Realism, co-authored with Horst S. Daemmrich. The Handbook of Themes and Motifs in Western Literature, also co-authored with Horst S. Daemmrich, is used as a reference guide by students of literature throughout the world.

Favorite Authors and/or Books: Toni Morrison, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, and Ha Jin (who was our Freshman Book author)

Favorite Musical Artists: Philadelphia's own Jennifer Higdon (actually played throughout the world!)

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Reading student papers (just kidding!); listening to WRTI; gardening; hiking and swimming

A Favorite Quote: "The one who keeps on striving / Is the one we can save." Goethe, Faust, 119 (35-36)

Favorite TV Show: Antiques Road Show; always full of surprises.

One thing that makes me smile is my tutees in the Writing Center. They sometimes make me want to LOL, as when a student asked me if The Triangle is a scholarly source!

Selected Publications:

  • "The Self-Promoting Playful Pen in Graphic and Literary Rhino-Caricatures." Humor 25.2 (2012): 179-198.
  • “Assessing Collaborative Writing in Non-Traditional and Traditional First-Year College Writing Courses.” Teaching English in the Two-Year College 38.2 (December 2010): 161- 175.
  • “‘Do not reach up from readers’ laps and punch readers’ noses’: Joanna Russ’s Provocative Message in Her Ending to The Female Man.” The Explicator 67.2 (Winter 2009): 142-147.
  • “Novices Encounter a Novice Literature: Introducing Digital Literature in a First-Year Class.” Teaching English in the Two-Year College 34.4 (May 2007): 420-33.
  • “Paradise and Story-Telling: Interconnecting Gender, Motif, and Narrative Structure.” Narrative 11 (Spring 2003): 213-33.
  • “Students as Storytellers: Documenting the Creative Process of Science.” (co-author: Dr. Laura Duwel, Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Drexel University). Journal of College Science Teaching 31 (May 2002): 470-475.