Arne Höcker (MA in German Literature and History, HU Berlin 2002; Ph.D. in German Literature, Johns Hopkins University 2008) is Assistant Professor of German. His scholarly interest focuses on literary, philosophical, and cultural discourses from the late 18th century to the present, with a particular emphasis on the history and theory of scientific cultures.
His first book Epistemologie des Extremen. Lustmord in Kriminologie und Literatur (München: Wilhelm Fink Verlag 2012) reconstructs the formation of criminological knowledge in light of modernist poetics and the narrative strategies invoked in the objectification of the criminal. He is the co-editor of Wissen. Erzählen. Narrative der Humanwissenschaften (Bielefeld: transcript 2006; with Jeannie Moser & Philippe Weber); Kafkas Institutionen (Bielefeld: transcript 2007; with Oliver Simons); and Die Einrichtung der Literatur, a special issue of Zeitschrift für deutsche Philologie (129/4, 2010; with Ulrich Plass). He has published articles on problems of scientific authorship, the figure of the prison chaplain, the genre of the case study, and on authors such as Schiller, Kleist, Kafka, Musil, Benn, and Thomas Hettche.
Professor Höcker is currently working on his second book, tentatively entitled The Case of Literature, in which he approaches a literary history of the case study from its emergence in the 18th century to its peculiar role in the development of Freud’s psychoanalysis.
Before coming to CU, Professor Höcker taught at Wesleyan University (2008-2011), and at New York University (2011-2013), where he also served as Director of Undergraduate Studies.