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.