Jürgen Pelzer

Professor, Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture; Advisory Committee, Group Language

Professor Pelzer was raised and educated in Germany and received an M.A.from the University of Konstanz and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


  • Office: Johnson 301-A
  • Email: pelzer@oxy.edu
  • Phone: (323) 259-2837

Education: M.A., University of Constance; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

He has published on German literature and culture from the 18th to the 21st century, with books on German cabaret, literary culture after 1945, and stereotypes and prejudice in literature, and writes regularly for scholarly journals as well as for magazines and newspapers. Currently, he is, among other things, working on an introduction to modern theories of culture. At Occidental, he teaches language, culture and literature courses, with topics such as Franz Kafka, German-Jewish literature, theatre history, German-American relations, literature and culture in unified Germany, and the history and positions of the famous Frankfurt School. In 2010 he will be teaching a two term seminar on Brecht in the Twenties and Brecht during the time of his exile after 1933.