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Matthew Pollard

Matt Pollard

Assistant Teaching Professor (German)

Academic Program Coordinator, Library representative

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PhD 1998 (McGill)
MA 1990 (Queen’s)

 Clearihue D259A
Phone +1 250-721-6328
Fax +1 250-721-7319 
Email  matthewp (at) uvic dot ca

Office hours: Mondays 2:00-3:00 pm, Wednesdays and Fridays – 9:00-10:00 am, or by appointment.

Since 1997 I have been teaching German language, literature, film and culture at UVic. This program offers me an amazing opportunity to engage in all aspects of German culture and to explore my interests in German art, literature, and film.

This September I am pleased to offer once again GMST 100, the foundation course for our Certificate Program – it promises to be an interesting journey through the many facets of German-speaking culture, be it in the form of barbarian stereotypes, extraordinary filmmaking, or the nation of the “Dichter und Denker” [poets and thinkers]. My two sections of GMST 101 are for those curious about learning to speak the German language at the basic level, using both online and communicative methods. In 2015 I will continue my language teaching with two sections of GMST 102. January also sees the return of Metropolis Berlin (GMST 461), a multi-media course on Europe’s most interesting city, and finally a new course on three makers and breakers of the twentieth century and beyond: Marx, Nietzsche and Freud (GMST 365). Their thought changed the world, and I hope to explore their ideas in relation to literature and film.

As Academic Program Coordinator, my role is to assist colleagues in maintaining a varied and effective curriculum and to promote the Certificate in Language and Cultural Proficiency (German). Please contact me at any time with questions, requests for advice or suggestions. On a personal note, I began studying abstract painting with local artist Bill Porteous in 2009 and have been part of the Wednesday Abstraction Group since then.

Courses to be taught in 2014-2015

GMST100 A01 Introduction to Germanic cultures
CRN 11800 MR 11:30 am -1 pm CLE A316
GMST101 A02  Beginning German I
CRN 11803 TWF 10:30-11:30 CLE A314

GMST 101 A03

Beginning German I
CRN 11804 TWF 11:30-12:30 CLE D132

GMST 101 A02 Beginning German I 
CRN 23906  TWF 9:30 - 10:30 am HHB 116 
GMST 102 A01 Beginning German II
CRN 21682 TWF 10:30-11:30 CLE D126
GMST 102 A02 Beginning German II
CRN 21683 TWF 11:30-12:30 CLE A207
GMST 365 A01 x EUS 301 A01 Marx, Nietzsche, Freud
CRN 21688 MR 11:30 am - 1:00 pm CLE A308
GMST 461 A01
Metropolis Berlin 
CRN 21691  M 4:30-7:30 pm CLE A316
GMST 499 A01
Honors Essay

CRN 21692


Select publications

"Before and After Kafka: Parable and Prophecy". Art as an Early-Warning System . Ludgard de Decker, ed. Community Seminar 8. UVic: Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, 2001. 77-100.

"Reading and Writing the Architecture of the Body in Kleist's Penthesilea". Body Dialectics in the Age of Goethe . Amsterdamer Beiträge zur Germanistik. Eds. Marianne Henn and Holger Pausch. Amsterdam: Rodopoi, 2003: 365 - 391.

"The Return of the Body in Twentieth-Century Kleist Discourse" (in German). Frankfurter Kleist-Kolloquium. Kleist-Bilder des 20. Jahrhunderts . Eds. Peter Ensberg and Hans-Jochen Marquardt. Stuttgart: Verlag Heinz-Dieter Heinz / Akademischer Verlag Stuttgart, 2003: 125 - 138.

Select lectures

“Riefenstahl’s Motion / Pictures”. Canadian Association of University Teachers of German General Meeting, Saskatoon, 30 May, 2007. 

"Kleist's Krug, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and the Prosthetics of Body Politics". Canadian Association of University Teachers of German General Meeting, Vancouver, 1 June, 2008. 

Students' work

Watch video made by Krista Conle, Ashley Field, Stephanie Eisler, and Zola Kell - students of German Expressionism class in 2012.  

Expressionism classGERS 260 Expressionism class, spring 2012. Photograph by Zola Kell

The Fall"The Fall", currently being shown at 519 Transit, summer 2012

Recent workRecent work, summer 2012

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