Dr Rey Conquer

Stipendiary Lecturer in German


My teaching covers the modern period (defined in this case as 1770 to the present), particularly poetry and film, as well as German-English translation. I teach or have taught Rilke, Fassbinder and Petzold as prescribed authors (Paper X), and have supervised work on translation theory and Weimar art magazines as well as modern and contemporary poetry. I also teach on the MSt in Film Aesthetics.

I helped set up the Expanding German Studies project which calls for more and better thinking about what is on the UK German Studies curriculum and how it is taught, and I’ve organised round tables on this. I really enjoy teaching on the Oxford UNIQ summer schools.


My first book, Reading Colour (Peter Lang, 2019) is about colour in the poetry and prose of Stefan George, Rainer Maria Rilke, Wassily Kandinsky and Else Lasker-Schüler, and uses colour language as a way to think more about how poetic language works. I’m currently working on two projects that have come out of this. One is to do with style in writing about art, architecture and film and its role in giving access – in various ways – to an experience of art. The other looks at how art and architectural history, criticism and theory has accounted for religious belief, from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. I’m also writing an essay on conversion in the novels of Theodor Fontane (another art critic), and an article on Fassbinder’s style. My first and abiding interest is in poetry, and I’ve worked on a range of poets – Arno Holz, Paul Celan, Hugo Ball, Dom Sylvester Houédard, Edwin Morgan, C H Sisson, I A Richards, as well as those dealt with in the book mentioned above – and poetry-related topics – translation, visual and experimental poetry, the relation of poetry and theology, for which last I set up a seminar on poetry as religious practice at Queen’s in 2017. For essays and reviews relating to these and other topics, such as folk music and writing about animals, see my website; I also have a college profile.

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