Department ofGermanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures

Elizabeth Schoppelrei

Elizabeth Schoppelrei

PH.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature and and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Graduate Minor in German

252 Burrowes Building


MA, Pennsylvania State University, 2018
BA, Wright State University, 2016
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Liz Schoppelrei is a sixth-year PhD Candidate in the dual-title program of Comparative Literature and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. They also hold a minor in German. With a strong focus on German queer culture, their dissertation examines textual representations of queer community and how taxonomies of gender and sexuality can undergird speculative community formation. Their research interests include: Weimar lesbian and transvestite periodicals, American poetry slam, queer theory, feminist theory, and queer and trans community formation.

Their article “‘Full Body Intersection’: Fat Positive Activism, Poetry Slam, and Rachel Wiley” appeared in Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society in 2018. During the 2019-2020 academic year, they were a Fulbright Graduate Fellow at the Universität Potsdam, completing research on their project: “Contested Communities: Lesbian and Transvestite Poetry in Die Freundin (1924-1933).” Their second article “The Queer Intimacies of Roses in Louise Aston’s ‘Wilde Rosen’ (1846) and ‘Die wilde Rose’ (1850)” was published in QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking in 2020.

Classes taught:

CMLIT 122 (Global Science Fictions): Emphasis on gender and sexuality in sci-fi

CMLIT 101 (Race, Gender, and Identity in World Literature): Emphasis on graphic narrative forms

CMLIT 10 (Introduction to World Literature)

GER 1 (Elementary German 1)

Areas of Specialization:

20th and 21st Century Poetry

Gender and Sexuality

Weimar Queer Culture

Queer and Feminist Theory