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Hoecker, Arne Assistant Professor

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  • Focusing on psychological case histories, Dr. Höcker's research examines the interplay between literature and the emerging human sciences from the 18th to the 20th century. Drawing on literary texts from Goethe, Schiller, Büchner to Döblin, Musil, and Kafka, and analyzing them in the context of contemporary scientific discourses—from 18th century psychology to 19th century criminology, and 20th century psychoanalysis—Dr. Höcker proposes a new assessment of literary discourse. Fictional literature since the 18th century not only contributed to the differentiation of the human sciences, but literature established itself in this process as the privileged medium for the modern style of “reasoning in cases”. In a sequence of narrative forms modern German literature shaped a discourse of the self that straddles the threshold of the individual and the general, and offers itself to institutional applications that base their decisions on an archive of knowledge of the individual.

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  • History and Theory of Scientific Cultures, German Literature from the Enlightenment to the early 20th Century, intersections between literature and science, history of knowledge, history of human sciences, case history, psychoanalysis, realism, Goethe, Kafka, Musil

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Teaching

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  • GRMN 2301 - Inside Nazi Germany: Politics, Culture, and Everyday Life in the Third Reich
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Examines social culture and everyday life in Nazi Germany. Topics include the role of propaganda in the media and entertainment industries, anti-Semitism and suppression of ethnic, social and religious minorities, the role of education and youth organizations, as well as the role of women, the churches, and the effects of a controlled economy before and during World War II. Taught in English.
  • GRMN 3140 - Current Issues in German Literature
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Examines issues pervading contemporary German literature, such as concerns of youth, gender, stereotyping as it affects women and men in their relations with one another, loneliness and sexual frustration, work experiences, and other issues. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours when topic varies. Department enforced restriction: ability to read unedited German and to speak German.
  • GRMN 3506 - Tracing the Criminal: Crime in 19th C Society and Culture
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Examines cultural and literary representations of crime from the Enlightenment to the early 20th century and contextualizes them within the history of judicial and medical approaches to criminality. Focusing on representations of the criminal as an object of knowledge, this survey of intellectual history introduces students to critical approaches in the humanities and the study of social phenomena in their historical context.
  • GRMN 4051 - Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Serves as an introduction to the Frankfurt School and Critical Theory with particular emphasis upon rationality, social psychology, cultural criticism, and aesthetics. Through close readings of key texts by members of the school (Horkheimer, Benjamin, Adorno, Habermas) we will work toward a critical understanding of the analytical tools they developed and consider their validity. Taught in English. Same as GRMN 5051.
  • GRMN 5051 - Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Serves as an introduction to the Frankfurt School and Critical Theory with particular emphasis upon rationality, social psychology, cultural criticism, and aesthetics. Through close readings of key texts by members of the school (Horkheimer, Benjamin, Adorno, Habermas) we will work toward a critical understanding of the analytical tools they developed and consider their validity. Taught in English. Same as GRMN 4051.

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