Graduate Profile

Charles Taggart

Graduate 2014
cwt5z@virginia.edu

 

A native of Erie, Pennsylvania but a Canadian at heart, Charles graduated with first-class standing from McGill University in Montréal. There he studied German Literature as well as medieval and modern European History. Charles spent his third year abroad as an exchange student at the University of Tübingen. 

After a year teaching English as a second language in South Korea, Charles entered the German Department at UVA in the fall of 2008. The German Department appealed to him for two particular reasons: the diverse course offerings and research opportunities paired with a collegial atmosphere in a small but stellar department. In the fall of 2009, Charles passed his M.A. exam, and in the spring of 2012 he did his comprehensive examinations on Kafka, the history of the novel and German and French Arthurian Romance. With Professor William C. McDonald serving as his dissertation advisor, Charles defended his dissertation, “Taking Flight: Gottfried’s Tristan, Arthurian Literature and Learning to Forget the Round Table”, in April of 2014. He is now a proud alumnus of UVA.

As a teaching assistant at UVA, Charles taught German language courses on the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels during the normal school year and during the summer session. From 2010-2011, Charles was a visiting lecturer in the German Department at the University of Mannheim where he taught in both German and English. There he led two Proseminare: the first on travel novels and the second on twentieth century apocalyptic literature and film. After being entrenched in eleventh and twelfth century medieval literature for several years, Charles is now teaching interdisciplinary Hauptseminare on westerns, musicals, jokes and eco-criticism at the Technical University of Dortmund. 

In his free time, Charles is an avid theatre-goer, an intermittent jogger and dreams of adopting a dog.