Dr Rey Conquer

Stipendiary Lecturer in German, St Hilda's College

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 (with regard to Beckett) and the senses in literature around 1900. I also teach on the MSt in Film Aesthetics.

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 the experimental poet and monk Dom Sylvester Houédard, particularly his work as literary editor of the Jerusalem Bible, as part of a larger project looking at the role of avant-garde aesthetics in religion (and religion in avant-garde aesthetics). As such I’m interested in art/architectural theory and its relation to literature. I am also interested in diagrams in literary criticism, and literary styles, forms and modes considered embarrassing or excessive, and am always looking for examples of both. For other essays and reviews (on, e.g., contemporary art, folk music, otters), see my website; I also have a college profile.

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