University of British Columbia
Gaby Pailer joined the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies in 2001 leaving a position at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.
Her doctoral dissertation (published in 1994) explores concepts of women’s authorship in the prose works of Berlin fin-de-siècle writer Hedwig Dohm, including a chapter on the literary Nietzsche reception around 1900.
Her research and teaching focus on concepts of gender, cultural identity, and intertextuality in German literature, with publications on 18th century drama, 19th century novels and novellas, and 20th century post-war fiction. Recent book publications comprise an encyclopedia of prose works and dramas by German women authors (with Gudrun Loster-Schneider, University of Mannheim), a comedy edition of 18th century author Charlotte von Stein (with Linda Dietrick, University of Winnipeg), and the proceedings of a three-year workshop programme on intersections of gender, laughter, and media.
Current major projects include a monograph about gender performances in German Enlightenment drama as well as a new edition of Charlotte Schiller’s literary works.
Associate of the Institute for European Studies and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (Senior Early Career Scholar, 2005-06). Co-Organizer of the international conference “Geschlechter Spiel Räume”, held in Bremen, Germany, November 6-9, 2008 (together with Franziska Schößler, University of Trier, and the association FrideL).