Dr. Matthew Pollard

Dr. Matthew Pollard
Associate Teaching Professor

PhD 1998 (McGill)

Office: CLE D271

I hold my degrees from Queens and McGill, with studies in Trier and a PAD assistantship in the Saarland in between. I began teaching at UVic in 1997 as a sessional, became a regular faculty member in 2004, and will be officially promoted to Associate Teaching Professor in July, 2019. Film, language teaching, and visual arts (mainly painting) are my primary personal and teaching interests. For the upcoming semester I will be teaching once again GMST 100: Introduction to Germanic Studies, which is for me an exciting opportunity to introduce students to the skills and practices of our discipline, as well as cultural products such as film, graphic novels, architecture and visual art. In the Spring I look forward to working through the moral and artistic implications of propaganda, with the remarkable career of Leni Riefenstahl as our case study. And finally, I will be teaching in our language program in the first- year program (GMST 101 and 102) one of my favourite aspects of my work. I also look forward to the challenge and learning opportunities presented by teaching online.

Fall 2020

GMST 100   Introduction to Germanic Studies
A01 CRN: Th 6:00-8:00 pm  
GMST 101   Beginning German I
A01 CRN   TWF 9:30 - 10:30 am  
All these courses will integrate both asynchronous and synchronous methods.

Spring 2021

GMST 102 Beginning German II
A01 CRN TWF 9:30  - 10:20 am
A03 CRN TWF 12:30 - 13:20 pm
GMST 450 Major German Filmmakers: The Li[v]es and Legends of Leni Riefenstahl
A01 CRN 23555 Th 6:00 – 8:00 pm

"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.