Arts & Humanities

Faculty - Arts and Humanities

Beate Gilliar

Dr. Beate Gilliar

Professor of English

Dr. Beate Gilliar grew up in Germany, where she pursued degrees in English and music before completing her undergraduate (B.A. in English) and graduate studies at the University of Arizona. There she also received an M.A in teaching English as a second language and an M.A. in German, followed by a Ph.D. from the English Department. 

Her book A Rhetoric of (Re)Unification: Constructing Identity through East and West German Newspapers presents a series of critical analyses of the political rhetoric of East and West German newspapers that relate directly to the public attitudes toward reunification. These analyses offer insights into how mass media represent political developments in light of contrasting political ideologies and purposes. By using rhetoric and hermeneutics as methods of inquiry, this book explores how public discourse advanced social emancipation. 

Professor Gilliar’s scholarly and creative projects have appeared in academic journals and anthologies, and explore how rhetoric, composition, ESL, Native American literature, the Holocaust, and poetry are essential for a liberal arts education. She also translated Arthur Giron’s dramatic play Edith Stein from English into German; the play is based on Edith Stein’s life and demonstrates how the religious faith of this intellectual thinker and nun is first challenged and ultimately destroyed by Nazi ideology. 

In her courses, such as First-Year Writing; Creative Writing; Introduction to Literary Studies; Contemporary Literature; and World Literature, Professor Gilliar seeks to help students discover how reading and writing are informed by the intersection of artistic, historical, social, musical, psychological and poetic knowledge.

Throughout the past 10 years Professor Gilliar has conducted monthly writing retreats in bookstores and libraries for writers of all ages. Her joy of conducting community work in North Manchester, Wabash and Fort Wayne has traveled with her to Germany. During the summer months, she enjoys working with workshop participants in southern Germany. There, during her sabbatical year in Freiburg (2007-2008), she has been researching the latest developments in German patriotism, a project that aims at publication.