Elena Pnevmonidou

Elena  Pnevmonidou
Assistant Professor

PhD (McGill)

Office: CLE D256

Office Hours: TBA

Short research profile

I received my MA from Queen’s University in 1994 and my PhD from McGill University in 2004. I have been teaching at UVic since 2002, as Lecturer from 2002-2004 and as Assistant Professor since 2004. Prior to that, I taught German language and literature as a graduate student at McGill University until 1999 and as Lecturer at Bishop’s University from 1999-2002. My dissertation (’Liebes-Töten’: Zur Objektwerdung der Frau im Roman der Frühromantik. Novalis’ “Heinrich von Ofterdingen”, Hölderlins “Hyperion” und Schlegels “Lucinde”), which received the CAUTG dissertation prize in 2005, examines early romantic aesthetic theory through the conceptualizations of the feminine contained in the novels of Friedrich von Hardenberg (Novalis), Friedrich Hölderlin, and Friedrich Schlegel.

My research focuses on the intersection between romantic aesthetic theory and romantic conceptualizations of the “other,” be it the other gender or the cultural other, such as the Orient. With regards to the issue of gender, I am not only interested in male representations of the feminine, but also in the ways in which female writers of the period situate their own conceptualizations of gender in relation to romantic aesthetic theory. I have recently begun carving out a second research area in early 20th century German literature through a forthcoming publication on representations of the body in the writings of Bertolt Brecht and Franz Kafka.

Fall 2017

GMST 488 Performing German Drama

A01 CRN 11865 T, Th 6:30-9:30 pm CLE C115

GMST 501 (A01 CRN 11867)/SLST501 (A01 CRN 12894) Introduction to the Disciplines of Germanic and Slavic Studies

Th 10:30 am - 1:30 pm, CLE D241

Spring 2018

GMST 180 Myths, Fairy Tales and Fantasy Fiction 

A01 CRN 21700 T 4:30-7:20 pm DTB A110

“Die Absage an das romantische Ich: Dorothea Schlegels Florentin als Umschrift von Friedrich Schlegels Lucinde”, German Life and Letters, Vol. LVII.3, 2005, pp. 271-292.

“Veiled Narratives: Novalis’ Heinrich von Ofterdingen as a Staging of Orientalist Discourse,” forthcoming in German Quarterly

“’Schreiend zu beten, um angeschaut zu werden und Körper zu bekommen’: Brecht, Kafka, and the Body,” forthcoming in Brecht Yearbook

“Die Briefe und Tagebücher der Dorothea Schlegel: Versuch eines gendering des romantischen Fragments.” CAUTG annual meeting, London, Ontario, May 28, 2005.

“Domesticating the Oriental, Exoticizing the Familiar: The Myth of the Romantic Poet in Novalis’ Heinrich von Ofterdingen. Lecture at the University of London, London, UK, Dec. 7, 2005.

“Madness as the Discourse of Modernity: Büchner’s Woyzeck and its Mutations in Opera and Film.” PAMLA annual meeting, Riverside, CA, USA, Nov. 10, 2006.

“Physical Exposure: The Body on Display in Brecht and Kafka.” MLA annual meeting, San Francisco, USA, Dec. 28, 2008.

“Questioning Assumptions about Gender and the Legacy of the GDR.” Online Forum on “Twenty Years after the Fall of the Wall.” www.germanstudies.ca, Nov. 4, 2009.