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Her teaching and research concentrates on modern thought and literature, German literature and culture from the 18th century to the present, women’s writing and gender studies, transnational approaches to literature, culture and politics. She has been interested in the concepts of the "other" and the "foreign," and the work of Lou Andreas-Salomé, Walter Benjamin, and Ingeborg Bachmann.


Gisela Brinker-Gabler joined the Department of Comparative Literature at Binghamton University after having previously taught at the University of Cologne (Germany), University of Essen (Germany), and University of Florida. Also, she served as second Käthe-Leichter-Visiting Professor of Women and Gender Studies (endowed chair) at the University of Vienna (1999/2000), as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Minnesota, Morris (USA), and as Ida Cordella Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa (USA). She is the recipient of a research fellowship from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, research grants from the Kultusministerium Nordrhein-Westfalen (Germany), and conference grants from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), New York, the Austrian Culture Institute, New York, and the John Kade Foundation, New York. She has been a member and chair of the MLA division "German - Late 19th and Early 20th Century", a member of the Editorial Board of the journals "Women in German" (U of Nebraska Press) and "Contemporary Women's Writing" (Oxford U Press), a member of the Editorial Board of SUNY Press (State University of New York Press, Albany, New York), and a member and chair of the MLA Committee "Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for German Studies". Her biography is included in "2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century" (Cambridge, UK,International Biographical Centre).

At Binghamton University's Department of Comparative Literature she served as Graduate Director, Co-Director of the Doctoral PLC Program (Philosophy, Literature, and the Theory of Criticism), and Department Chair.

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Department of Comparative Literature, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York 13902-6000 --- phone: 607.777.2890 --- email: gbrinker@