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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.

My interest in all things German began in high school in Victoria and led to study at Queens and McGill, as well as study and work in Trier, Dillingen (Saar) and Berlin. 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 coming September, I am excited about offering for the first time GMST 100, our foundation course in September, as it will introduce students to key cultural and symbolic ideas behind German-speaking culture, as well as the issues and topics central to our discipline. Bringing back EUS 301, whose theme for 2013 is “Playing the Game[s]: the Olympics in European and Comparative Perspective”, will allow me and guest speakers the opportunity to share with students our interest  in and fascination the cultural politics of international sport. In January, my German Expressionism course (GMST 355) and “The Lives and Legends of Leni Riefenstahl” (Major German Filmmakers / GMST 450) will likewise explore the relationship between art, politics and morality. Teaching two sections each of GMST 101 and GMST 102 with a new communication-based textbook remains one of the most rewarding and challenging parts of my teaching responsibilities.

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 2013-2014

GMST100 A01 Introduction to Germanic cultures; CRN 11796 MR 11:30-1:00 pm CLE A303
GMST101 A02  Beginning German I; CRN 11798 TWF 10:30-11:30 CLE D132

GMST 101 A03

Beginning German I; CRN 11799 TWF 11:30-12:30 CLE D126

EUS 301 A01 Playing the Game(s): the Olympics in European and Comparative Perspective; CRN 11651. T 4:30 – 7:20 CLE C110
GMST 102 A01 Beginning German II; CRN 21693 TWF 10:30-11:30 CLE D131
GMST 102 A02 Beginning German II; CRN 21694 TWF 11:30-12:30 CLE D132
GMST 355 A01 German Expressionism (1910-33); CRN 21698 MR 10:00 - 11:30 am CLE A307
GMST 450 A01
Major German Filmmakers: The Lives and Legends of Leni Riefenstahl; CRN 21702 T 4:30-7:30 pm CLE A308


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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