Prof. Pailer (Ph.D. Karlsruhe) joined the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies in 2001 leaving a position at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Research and teaching focus on concepts of gender, identity, and intertextuality in literature. Her doctoral thesis, (published in 1994), deals with concept of women’s authorship in the prose works of Hedwig Dohm and on literary Nietzsche-reception around 1900. Current publications and projects include a monograph about interrelations of family and state models in 18th century tragedy, an encyclopedia of prose works and dramas by German women authors (with Gudrun Loster-Schneider, University of Mannheim), a German comedy edition (with Linda Dietrick, Univ. of Winnipeg), and a three-year workshop programme on intersections of gender, laughter and media.