Olivia Gabor-Peirce

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Olivia Gabor-Peirce
Professor of German
(269) 387-3036
(269) 387-6333
416 Sprau Tower, Mail Stop 5338
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Department of World Languages and Literatures
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5338 USA
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By appointment

  • Ph.D., German with specialization in Modern German Drama, University of Michigan, 2000
  • M.A., German Literature, University of Michigan, 1996
  • B.A., French Literature (magna cum laude), University of Central Florida, 1993
Teaching interests: 
  • 20th century German theatre
  • German literature
  • Modern and contemporary German cinema
Research interests: 
  • Literature and film
  • Modern Swiss literature
  • Theatre performance

Dr. Olivia Gabor-Peirce is a professor of German in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University. Received Ph.D. from University of Michigan with a specialization in modern German drama. Interests are modern German theater, modern German Swiss literature, gender studies in German literature, and contemporary German fiction.  First book, The Stage as ‘Der Spielraum Gottes’ (2006) deals with the representation of God on the stage in twentieth century German theater. Published articles on Friedrich Dürrenmatt and religion, as well as on Dürrenmatt and African theater. Second book, Becoming Fiction (2017), is an in-depth analysis of Dürrenmatt’s late prose works and the roles Dürrenmatt’s father and God played in Dürrenmatt’s life.  Currently working on new book project on morality in Modern German Literature.