Carola Dwyer

Ph.D., Senior Lecturer of German



Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A. in English, San Diego State University

Curriculum Vitae

Research/ Teaching Interests

  • Arthurian literature of all sorts
  • Gender Studies
  • Medieval literature in German, English, French
  • Medieval popular culture

Personal Statement

Carola Dwyer was born and raised in rural Northern Germany near the city of Hamburg, Lower-SaxonyIn Germany, Carola obtained a degree in Economics & Human Resource Management from the University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule) Rheinland-Pfalz in Mainz, which led her to San Diego, CA. Here, she began her graduate studies with a Master’s in English from San Diego State University. Her graduate education continued in the Midwest with a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she completed her dissertation on the Grotesque Medieval Woman in German, English, and French Narratives. Although Carola’s path reflects her various interests, her love for literature and languages is the predominant strain in her professional life. It allowed her to gain ten years of teaching experience at the college level before arriving at UNCG in fall 2012. Here, she teaches German as a foreign language, and courses in medieval as well as fairy tale literature, both in class and online.