Elsbeth Dangel-Pelloquin studied German literature and history at the universities of Göttingen and Tübingen (Germany), taught German and German cultural studies at Nancy University (France) as a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Program) lecturer, and received her PhD in German literature from Frankfurt University. The topic of her dissertation was Arthur Schnitzler (Repetition as Destiny, Arthur Schnitzler's novel Therese, Chronicle of a Woman's Life, 1985).From 1985 to 1991 she taught at the University of Basel (Switzerland), where, in 1998, she completed her "Habilitation" on Jean Paul (Obstinate Creatures, Jean Paul's Poetic Gender Workshop, 1999); she also taught as a Visiting Professor at the universities of Freiburg, Würzburg (both: Germany), Bern (Switzerland).In 2003 she was appointed professor at Basel University.
She is vice president of the Hugo von Hofmannsthal-Society and co-editor of the year-book of the Jean Paul Society.
Her main areas of research and publication include
- German literature around 1800 (Jean Paul / Gender differences)
- German literature around 1900 (Modernism in Vienna / Hofmannsthal / Schnitzler)
- literary physiognomy, literary kisses and tears
- comparative literature (German and French / Maurice Blanchot) and
- contemporary women authors.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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GRMN6601 - Adv Language Practice
Advanced Language Practice for Academic Work
This course will focus on various forms of German academic writing and performance, with an emphasis on the special academic lexicon and stylistics. In a scaffolded approach, students will learn how to summarize, analyse, and discuss academic topics both in written and oral form. The mechanics of writing, including proper quotation techniques and the special demands of German academic writing, will be discussed and practiced. Towards the end of the summer, students will present their research in a German-style research paper, in oral presentations and in a school-wide “science slam”.
A course reader will be made available. Language & Stylistics
GRMN6674 - Literary Kiss Middle Age-Prsnt
"Literarische Kuesse": Literary Kiss Constellations from the Middle Ages to the Present*
"You kiss by the book", says Juliet to Romeo in Shakespeare's tragedy. What is the relationship between kisses and books? We will explore this controversial and delicate subject and discuss striking examples from the German Middle Ages to the present.
Comparing literary kisses of crucial importance and throwing light on their historical difference we will scrutinize the sublime phenomenon of kisses to gain insight into the literary and cultural history of gender, focussing first on medieval and baroque literary kisses, followed by examples from 1800 up to contemporary writing.
A reader will be provided Literature