Helga Thorson, University of Victoria

Associate Professor Victoria, British Columbia helgat@uvic.ca Office: (250) 721-7320

Bio/Research

After receiving my Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, I taught for nine years at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock before moving to Canada. Since 2008, I have served as an Associate Professor of Germanic Studies at the University of Victoria.

My dissertation, Re-Negotiating ...


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Bio/Research

After receiving my Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, I taught for nine years at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock before moving to Canada. Since 2008, I have served as an Associate Professor of Germanic Studies at the University of Victoria.

My dissertation, Re-Negotiating Borders: Responses of German and Austrian Middle-Class Women Writers to Medical Discourses on Sex, Gender, and Sexuality at the Turn of the Century (1996), won the first annual Women in German dissertation prize. Since then my research has focused on modernist German and Austrian literature, gender studies, history of medicine, and Holocaust Studies.

I have written articles on the negotiation of medical discourses in literature, modernist women writers, and foreign language writing pedagogy. In addition I have written two German cultural readers, one of which can be accessed online. My colleague Charlotte Schallié and I are currently conducting a study examining the role and implications of reciprocal peer-assisted language learning in the GFL (German as a Foreign Language) classroom. Together with Agatha Schwartz (University of Ottawa) I am researching women's movements across the regionally and linguistically diverse Habsburg monarchy. Furthermore, I am preparing two manuscripts—one on the author Grete Meisel-Hess and the other on representations of mixed bodies in early twentieth-century German and Austrian literature and film.

I teach German language and conversation courses as well as cultural studies courses on early twentieth-century literature, Nazi cinema, and literature about the Holocaust and World War II. In May 2011 I led 23 students on a Field School in Central Europe focusing on Holocaust memorials and museums.



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