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Hoecker, Arne Associate Professor

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  • Dr. Hoecker's research centers around three main areas of expertise: (1) cultural and critical theory from Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud to the Frankfurt School and post-structuralist criticism; (2) the history and theory of scientific cultures; (3) the rise and fall of the medium of literature from the 18th century to the present. His first book, Epistemologie des Extremen: Lustmord in Kriminologie und Literatur um 1900 (Fink 2012) reconstructs the creation of criminological knowledge in light of modernist poetics and narrative. His second book, The Case of Literature: Forensic Narratives from Goethe to Kafka (Cornell UP 2020) offers an investigation into the history of the literary case study from its emergence in the 18th century to its peculiar role in the development of Freud's psychoanalysis. His latest research focuses on the history of the psychiatric and cultural concept of paranoia and its manifold relations to power and authority.

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  • History and Theory of Scientific Cultures, German Literature from the Enlightenment to the present, Critical Theory, Frankfurt School, history of human sciences, psychoanalysis, realism, Modernism 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 / Spring 2020
    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 / Spring 2020
    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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