Amerikanistik | American Studies

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Dr. Karin Höpker

hoepker

Assistant Professor

Room: B7A6
Phone:
+(49) 9131 85 29396
Email:
karin.hoepker(at)fau.de

Currently in a sabbatical term.

Secretary:
Karin Rohde
Office: Bismarckstr. 1, room B7A2
Opening hours: Mo–Thu, 9am–1pm
Phone: +(1)49 9131 85 23440
Fax: +(1)49 9131 85 23442
E-Mail: karin.rohde(at)fau.de

Latest conference:

"Perilous Passages - The Birth of Risk in 19th Century American Culture."

International Conference, Schloss Thurnau, 23.-24.10.2015 with Jeanne Cortiel.

Research Interests

  • Current project: "The Edge of Reason: Fiction, Risk and Probability in American Antebellum Narratives"
  • Narrative Theory & Fiction
  • 19th and late 20th century US-American literature
  • Science & Fiction; Literature & History of Science
  • Popular culture, Seriality, and American Television
  • Architecture, Urban Studies
  • Humanism and Posthumanism

CV

  • Research at the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine, August 2014
  • Visiting Scholar, Department for Comparative Literature at Stanford University, 2012/2013
  • Summer Academy of the German National Academic Foundation, La Colle-sur-Loup 22.09.-05.10.2013
  • Assistant to the managing director of the Institute for English and American Studies' executive board 2009–11
  • Assistant Professor, Department of English and American Studies since April 2009
  • 2008/09 awarded postdoctoral fellowship of the Program for the Advancement of Gifted Female Scholars ("Programm zur Förderung besonders begabter Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen")
  • Finished her dissertation in 2008 on "No Maps for These Territories? – Towards an Archaeology of Future Urbanity in William Gibson's Work"
  • Student representative at the interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program (2004-2005)
  • Fellow, interdisciplinary Ph.D. program of the German Research Foundation (DFG) "Cultural Hermeneutics: Reflections on Difference and Transdifference," FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, 2004-2006
  • Studied English and American Studies and German Literature at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg and at Indiana University Bloomington

Functions

Publications

Monographs

  1. No Maps for these Territories - Cities, Spaces, and Archaeologies of the Future in William Gibson. New York/Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011.

Essays & Articles

  1. "Frederick Douglass’s The Heroic Slave – Risk, Fiction, and Insurance in Antebellum America." American Literature and the Uses of Uncertainty: Chance, Risk, and Security. Special Issue of Amerikastudien/American Studies. Ed. Johannes Voelz. (peer reviewed and accepted without changes; forthcoming Spring 2016)
  2. “No Longer Your Friendly Neighborhood Killer: Crime Shows and Seriality after Dexter.” Transgressive Television: Politics and Crime in 21st-Century American TV Series. Eds. Birgit Däwes, Alexandra Ganser, and Nicole Poppenhagen. Heidelberg: Winter, 2015. 247-266.
  3. "Slices of Life: Killing and Seriality in Dexter." Amerikanische Fernsehserien der Gegenwart. Eds. Heike Paul, and Christoph Ernst. Bielefeld: transcript, 2015. 277-303.
  4. with Antje Kley. "Literatur und Wissen: Life Science und The Pursuit of Happiness in Richard Powers’ Das größere Glück". Quarks and Letters: Naturwissenschaften in Literatur und Kultur der Gegenwart. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2015. 273-293.
  5. "A Sense of an Ending: Risk, Catastrophe and Precarious Humanity in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake." The Anticipation of Disaster: Imagining Environmental Risk in North American Literature and Culture. Eds. Sylvia Mayer, and Alexa Weik von Mossner. Heidelberg: Winter, 2014. 161–180.
  6. Review of Making National Bodies: Cultural Identity and the Politics of the Body in (Post)Revolutionary America. Ed.Stefan L. Brandt and Astrid M. Fellner. Anglistik 23.2 (Fall 2012): 196.
  7. "Happiness in Distress - Richard Powers' Generosity and Narratives of the Biomedical Self." Ideas of Order: Narrative Patterns in the Novels of Richard Powers. Eds. Antje Kley, and Jan Kucharzewski. Heidelberg: Winter, 2012. 285-312.
  8. "The Cab and the City - Chance Encounters and Certalian Perspectives in Jim Jarmusch's Night on Earth." EthniCities: Metropolitan Cultures and Ethnicity in the Americas. Eds. Jens Gurr, Olaf Kaltmeier, and Martin Butler. Trier: WVT, 2011. 155-70.
  9. "Inszenierte Lesarten: Kulturelle Begegnungen in und mit anglophonen Texten." Kulturhermeneutik: Interdisziplinäre Beiträge zum Umgang mit kultureller Differenz. Eds. Christoph Ernst, Walter Sparn, and Hedwig Wagner. Munich: Fink, 2008. 119-24.
  10. with Alexandra Ganser and Christina Hein. "Trickster Hermeneutics als alterNative Schreib- und Lesepraxis: Gerald Vizenors Harold of Orange und Louis Owens Bone Game." Kulturhermeneutik: Interdisziplinäre Beiträge zum Umgang mit kultureller Differenz. Eds. Christoph Ernst, Walter Sparn, and Hedwig Wagner. Munich: Fink, 2008. 159-86.
  11. with A. Ganser. "Cruises and Crusades: Productions of Urban Space in Taxi Driver and Mean Streets." Conformism, Non-Conformism, and Anti-Conformism in American Culture. European Views of the United States 1. Eds. Antonis Balasopoulos, Gesa Mackenthun, and Theodora Tsimpouki. Heidelberg: Winter, 2008. 237-57.
  12. with A. Kuhn. "Making Over The Stepford Wives: Gender, Nostalgia, and Irony in the Hollywood Remake." Screening Gender: Geschlechterszenarien in der gegenwärtigen US-amerikanischen Populärkultur. Eds. Heike Paul, and Alexandra Ganser. Münster: LIT, 2008. 75-96.
  13. "Cityscapes, Interstitial Spaces: Heterotopographies in William Gibson's Virtual Light-Trilogy." GrenzGänge/BorderCrossings: Kulturtheoretische Perspektiven. Eds. Gerd Sebald, Michael Popp, and Jan Weyand. Münster: LIT, 2006. 170-187.

Translations

  1. Griffin, Roger. "Rechtsextremismusforschung in Europa - 'From New Consensus to New Wave?‘" Die Dynamik der europäischen Rechten. Geschichte, Kontinuitäten und Wandel. Ed. Claudia Globisch, Agnieszka Pufelska, and Volker Weiß. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 2010. 295-314.
  2. Anthony Winkler. Das bemalte Kanu. Bern: Scherz, 2000. (Translation from English, The Painted Canoe)

Workshops, Papers & Lectures

  1. with Jeanne Cortiel. "Perilous Passages - The Birth of Risk in 19th Century American Culture." International Conference, Schloss Thurnau, 23.-24.10.2015. (International Conference: Perilous Passages)
  2. with Antje Kley. "Unruly Creatures, Obstinate Things – Bio-Objects and Scientific Knowledge Production in Contemporary Science Novels." Fiction meets Science, Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Delmenhorst, 19.-22.11.2014.
  3. Paper "No Longer Your Friendly Neighborhood Killer: Crime Shows and Seriality after Dexter." Conference on Transgressive Television: Politics, Crime, and Citizenship in 21st-Century American TV Series, Vienna, 01.-03.10.2014.
  4. Workshop "Digital Detritus: Spam, Scrap, Bit Rot." with Andrew Gross, DGfA 2014, Würzburg, 12.-15.06.2014.
  5. Guest Lecture "Killer Seriality: Dexter and Contemporary American TV." Literature & Media Studies Program,University Bamberg, 06.05.2014.
  6. Lecture "Mad Scientists, Horrid Creatures: Wissenschaftsfiktion in der amerikanischen Populärkultur." Lecture series Populärkultur, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum Literatur und Kultur der Gegenwart, Erlangen, 05.05.2014.
  7. with Antje Kley. "Literatur und Wissen: Life Science und The Pursuit of Happiness in Richard Powers: Das Größere Glück." Summer Academy of the German National Academic Foundation, La Colle-sur-Loup, France, 24.09.2013.
  8. with Antje Kley. "Literatur und Wissen: Life Science and The Pursuit of Happiness in Richard Powers: Das Größere Glück." Lecture series Quarks and Letters: Naturwissenschaften in Literatur und Kultur der Gegenwart, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, 07.01.2013.
  9. Workshop and Paper "Life! Risk Narratives and the Novel in the 21st Century," organized by Prof. Dr. Jeanne Cortiel, Bayreuth Institute for American Studies (BIFAS), 19.-20.07.2012.
  10. Workshop "Narratives of Self – Life Sciences and Life Writing in the Biomedical Age." Annual conference of the German Association for American Studies (DGfA), Mainz, June 2012 (co-organized with Eva-Sabine Zehelein).
  11. "Dexter – Pathologizing the New Picturesque." Is It ‘Cause It’s Cool? Affective Encounters with American Culture, 38th Annual Conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies (AAAS), Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, 04.-06.11.2011.
  12. Workshop "Faculty Towers - Academic Self-Reflection in Film, Fiction, and Theory." Annual conference of the German Association for American Studies (DGfA), Jena, June 2009 (co-organized with Jeanne Cortiel).
  13. with A. Ganser. "The Propitious Moment: Navigating the Ethnic Other in the Urban Geographies of Scorsese's Mean Streets and Jarmusch's Night on Earth." EthniCities: Metropolitan Cultures and Ethnic Identities in the Americas, Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung (ZiF), Bielefeld, 18.-20.03.09.
  14. "The Human at the Threshold: Atwood, Houellebecq, Ishiguro." Close Encounters - ScienceLiteratureArt, European Biannual Meeting of the Society for Science, Literature, and the Arts (SLSA), Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, 13.-16.06.2006.
  15. with A. Ganser. "Cruises and Crusades: Productions of Urban Space in Taxi Driver and Mean Streets." Workshop on Site of Passage: The City as a Place of (Non)Conformity in Contemporary American Multicultural Literature, Art, Theater, and Film, EAAS Biennial Conference "Conformism, Non-Conformism, and Anti-Conformism in American Culture," Nicosia, Cyprus, 07.-10.04.2006.
  16. "'Intimate Caesurae:' Constructions and Transience of 'Humanity' in Recent Fiction." Annual Conference of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Princeton, NJ, 23.-26.03.2006.
  17. Co-organized with Dr. Christian Huck, Workshop "The Object of Cultural Studies: Praxis - Cognition - Text?," featuring Dr. Doris Bachmann-Medick, Dr. Joachim Renn, and Dr. Barbara Zielke, 28.-29.01.2005.
  18. with Jens Klenner, George Mason University. "Cruising Spaces of Hyperrealism: The Humvee in William Gibson's Pattern Recognition." Panel "'Like Nothing Else:' Critical Analyses of the Humvee," Annual Conference of the Cultural Studies Association (CSA US), Boston, Mass. 05.-09.05.2004.
  19. "FutureNature: Concepts of 'Life' and 'Nature' in the fictional Worlds of Crichton's Prey and Atwood's Oryx and Crake." Cross-Fertilizations: Literature, Science, and Nature, 3rd Conference of the Association for Science, Literature, and the Environment (ASLE-UK), University College Chichester, UK, 16.-18.07.2004.
  20. "FutureNature and the End of Man: Reading Atwood's Oryx and Crake against Agamben's The Open." Annual Conference of the Society for Literature and Science (SLS), Durham, N.C., 14.-17.10.2004.
  21. "Mirrorworlds, Urban Spaces: Heterotopographies in William Gibson's Virtual Light-Trilogy." Border//Crossings, 6th Graduate Conference, Erlangen, 05.-07.11.2004.
  22. Co-organized with Dr. Christian Huck, Workshop "Meaning Out of Control? Popular Culture as Interdisciplinary Challenge," featuring Prof. Dr. R. Winter (Klagenfurt) and Tobias Nagl (Amherst), 18.-19.04.2004.
  23. "Nomadic Urban Spaces - Interstitial Topographies in William Gibson's Virtual Lights-Trilogy." Mapping Identities: Urban Landscapes and the Discourses of Space, Annual Colloquium of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., 03.04.2004.
  24. Workshop on "System and Epic: William Gaddis and the Autopoiesis of American Literature," with Prof. J. Tabbi (University of Illinois, Chicago) and Prof. M. Hansen (Princeton University) on "Technoscience-Fiction: Techniques between Science and Literature," 09.-10.01.2004.

Courses

  • Narratives of Slavery and Abolition (PS)
  • The Morality of Blood? Die Be- und Verhandlungen von Moral in der zeitgenössischen US-TV Serie (HS, with Ingrid Stapf, Medienethik)
  • "Black weeds out of a buried heart – Nathaniel Hawthorne's Fiction" (PS)
  • "The Long and the Short of It" – 19th Century American Short Story (HS/Independent Study)
  • "Terrible things must happen" – American Naturalism (PS)
  • Examensübung – Preparatory Course on Final Thesis Writing and Oral & Written Exams
  • American Literary Realism (HS)
  • The American Novel of Manners – Henry James and Edith Wharton (HS)
  • 20th Century American Drama (PS)
  • 19th Century American Gothic Literature (PS)
  • Mindgame Fiction (PS)
  • American Fiction – From Independence to Civil War (Exam Preparation)
  • Herman Melville – More than Whales (PS)
  • Introduction to Queer Studies (PS)
  • Prison in America (PS)
  • Mark Twain (PS)
  • Suburban Nation – Imaginations of Suburbia in American Culture (PS)
  • Modernism/ Harlem Renaissance (preparatory course for exam candidates M.A./Diploma) co-taught with Prof. Paul
  • Tropes of Detection in 20th Century American Fiction (PS)
  • Memory, History and Popular Culture: Strategies of Remembrance in late 20th Century USA (PS), co-taught with Jens Klenner, George Mason University
  • Spooks, Spies, and Private Eyes: African American Detection in Film and Fiction (PS)
  • Body and Technology in North-American Independent-Film: David Cronenberg
  • Introduction to Literary Studies
  • Academic Skills
  • Introduction to Literary Theory