School of Languages and Cultures

Dr Margaret Sutherland

Senior Lecturer
School of Languages and Cultures

Phone: 04 463 5975
Location: Room 615, Von Zedlitz Building, Kelburn Pde, Kelburn Campus

Dr Margaret Sutherland


MA DPhil Waik


I am a senior lecturer and Programme Director of the German Programme at Victoria University.  Prior to my appointment at Victoria, I taught at Waikato and Massey Universities. Over the years my interests have developed from pure Germanistik to include such disciplines as film studies, women's writing, crime writing and European Studies.

I am a Board Member of the editorial board for the Germanica Pacifica Series (University of Auckland), a series focussing on research on the German influence in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific area; a member of the editorial board for the European Studies Primary Text Series for the School of Languages and Cultures, and Tertiary representative on the committee of GANZ (German in Aotearoa/New Zealand).      

Current research projects

Biography of Margot Philips (1902-1987) German Jewish migrant to New Zealand in 1938 who studied art in New Zealand with Colin McCahon and became an important landscape artist, specialising in landscapes, inspired in particular by the Waikato, Northland, the Coromandel and the South Island.

German in Aotearoa/New Zealand: An analysis of the current situation of German teaching at all levels in New Zealand.

Research Supervision

Welcomes proposals in European Studies especially aspects of German/New Zealand relations; German literature of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, especially literature of the former East Germany; German crime fiction; German film; and translation.

Currently has students working on:

The Vietnamese in Germany;  poetry of the First World War.

Teaching interests

My teaching interests include German literature from the 19th to the 21st century; East German literature; German film; Berlin in literature and film; the history of Germany from the beginning of the 19th century till the present day; comparative literature, especially European tragedy; European Studies with special emphasis on German and New Zealand relations and the German influence in Asia and vice-versa.

Selection of publications

"Elisabet Delbrück's 'Reports from Africa': An Example of German Travel Writing of the 1930s", Journal of Language, Literature and Culture, 60, 2 August (2013).

"Hauptmann`s Weavers as Social Sculpture," European Tragedy from Homer to Beckett (Dunedin, Otago German Series, 2011).

"Images of Turks in Recent German Crime fiction: A Comparative Case Study in Xeniphobia", in The Foreign in International Crime Fiction (London, Bloomsbury Academic, 2012).

One Artist on five Continents. The Life of Elisabet Delbrück (Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang, 2011).

Translation of the short story by Andrea Grill: "My Grandmother, the Crustacean"  in Been there, Read that! Stories for the Armchair Traveller (Wellington, VUP, 2008).

Richard Fraser, A View from the Lower Deck. Diaries of a Life in the Royal Navy, ed. Margaret Sutherland (Wellington, 2007).

"Margot Philips" in Im Schatten zweier Kriege. Deutsche und Österreicher In Neuseeland im 20. Jahrhundert (Bremen, Temmen, 2005).

"Arthur Hilton" in Im Schatten zweier Kriege. Deutsche und Österreicher In Neuseeland im 20. Jahrhundert (Bremen, Temmen, 2005).

"Anna Dierks", Eine Welt für sich. Deutschsprachige Siedler und Reisende in Neuseeland im 19. Jahrhundert (Bremen, Temmen, 1998).