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. My course on the cultural history and politics of the Olympics (Playing the Game[s]: the Olympics in European and Comparative Perspective / EUS 301) offers a wide-ranging study of what make this athletic contest the most-viewed and most controversial international event of modern times; it is offered in English and has no prerequisites. 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
Beginning German I
|EUS 301 A01||Playing the Game(s): the Olympics in European and Comparative Perspective
CRN 11646 T 4:30 – 7:20 CLE D125
|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||Marx, Nietzsche, Freud
CRN 21688 MR 11:30 am - 1:00 pm CLE A308
|GMST 461 A01||
CRN 21691 M 4:30-7:30 pm CLE A316
"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.
“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.
Watch video made by Krista Conle, Ashley Field, Stephanie Eisler, and Zola Kell - students of German Expressionism class in 2012.