Hannes Hoefer

Hannes Hoefer

Volkswagen Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr. phil, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

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  • WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
  • CB 1104
  • ONE BROOKINGS DR.
  • ST. LOUIS, MO 63130-4899
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While he is in St. Louis, Hoefer will be working on a research project entitled Jazz in German-Language Literature: A Story of Transatlantic Cultural Encounter and Exchange.

His recent research focuses on the impact, meaning, and representation of jazz in German fiction. Other research interests include the theory of cultural icons, literature and music, and literature and myth. Hoefer is a research associate at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, where he received his doctorate, with a thesis entitled Deutscher Universalismus: Zur mythologisierenden Konstruktion des Nationalen in der Literatur um 1800. He studied German literature, philosophy, and modern history while at the University.

Spring 2019 Course

Traveling the USA in Contemporary German Literature (German 429A)

There is no decade since the 1950s when German or Austrian writers are not "on the road" in the United States. They are fascinated by the landscapes as well as by the cities, by the (popular) culture as well as the political movements. They meet people of various backgrounds, from different social levels, and with opposing world views, and try to make sense of their travel experiences that often include discussions with students at colleges and universities. Leading writers like Wolfgang Koeppen, Siegfried Lenz, and Guenter Kunert published successful reports and stories about their excursions in America from the 1950s to the 1970s, and the younger generation is equally well represented with their depictions from the 1970s into the new century: Peter Handke, Thomas Meinecke, Kathrin Roeggla and Felicitas Hoppe. Americans who read this literature about their country will often be surprised of the different European points of view. This undergraduate course is taught in German. Prerequisites: German 302D and 340C/D or 341/341D or equivalent, or permission of instructor.