Rey Conquer

Stipendiary Lecturer in German
Modern Languages

My teaching for Pembroke covers the modern period (1770 to the present) as well as German-English translation. I teach or have taught Rilke, Fassbinder and Petzold as prescribed authors (Paper X), and have supervised dissertations and special subjects related to my areas of interest, most recently on translation theory, Weimar art magazines and poetry around 1989. I’ve lectured on film adaptation and on Rilke. I also teach on the MSt in Film Aesthetics.

I mostly work on writing in German and English, occasionally also French, of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. My first book, Reading Colour, looked at colour in the poetry and prose of the poets Stefan George, Rainer Maria Rilke and Else Lasker-Schüler and the artist and art theorist Wassily Kandinsky, and used colour as a way to think about how poetic language works. I have also published on translation (looking at Stefan George’s versions of Shakespeare’s sonnets) and art criticism (in this case, Rilke’s). I’m currently writing an article on conversion in the fiction of Theodor Fontane and my next project looks at the role of religion in art criticism and theory from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.

I am a founding member of the ‘Expanding German Studies’ collective, which aims to think critically about the scope of the German higher education curriculum. I also contribute reviews of and essays on film, contemporary art and nature writing to a number of publications.