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Elizabeth Schoppelrei

Elizabeth Schoppelrei

Dual PhD candidate in Comparative Literature and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
252 Burrowes Building
(814) 863-1125
Elizabeth Schoppelrei


MA, Pennsylvania State University, 2018
BA, Wright State University, 2016

Professional Bio

Liz Schoppelrei is a sixth-year Ph.D. 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
GER 1 (Elementary German 1)
CMLIT 10 (Introduction to World Literature)

Areas of Specialization:
20th and 21st Century Poetry
Gender and Sexuality
Weimar Queer Culture
Queer and Feminist Theory