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German Studies, Cornell University

Cornell University Department of German Studies Cornell Univeristy

Peter Uwe Hohendahl

Peter Uwe Hohendahl

puhProfessor Hohendahl’s teaching and research interests include eighteenth to twentieth century German literature, especially Enlightenment, Vormärz (Heine, Büchner), and Modernism (Benn, Jünger); intellectual history; literary, political and social theory with emphasis on Critical Theory (Adorno, Benjamin, Habermas); comparative literature with emphasis on eighteenth and nineteenth-century European literature and philosophy; history of science with emphasis on the humanities (history of German studies, history of the university).  He is editor of the monograph series Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought, published by Cornell University Press.






Selected Publications

Literaturkritik und Öffentlichkeit. München: Piper, 1974.

The Institution of Criticism. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1982.

A History of German Literary Criticism (Editor and Contributor). Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1988.

Building a National Literature. The Case of Germany 1830-1870. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1989.

Reappraisals: Shifting Alliances in Postwar Critical Theory. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1991.

Geschichte, Opposition, Subversion. Studien zur Literatur des 19. Jahrhunderts. Köln : Böhlau, 1993.

Prismatic Thought. Theodor W. Adorno. Lincoln, NE : University of Nebraska Press, 1995.

German Studies in the United States. A Historical Handbook, (Editor and Contributor). New York : Modern Language Association of America, 2003.

Heinrich Heine. Europäischer Schriftsteller und Intellektueller. Berlin : Erich Schmidt, 2008.

The Fleeting Promise of Art: Adorno's Aesthetic Theory Revisited.  Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2013.

Erfundene Welten: Relektüren zu Form und Zeitstruktur in Ernst Jüngers erzählender Prosa. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink, 2013.



Recent Courses

Undergraduate courses:

The Totalitarian Order: Vision and Critique (German and Government)
Culture, Freedom, and the University (German and History)
The Cultural Theory of the Frankfurt School (Comp. Lit. and German)
Theorizing the Public Sphere (Comp. Lit. and German)
The Advance of Humanism: Aspects of the European Enlightenment (Comp. Lit. and German)

Graduate seminars:

Art and Truth: The Aesthetic Theory of Theodor W. Adorno (Comp. Lit. and German)
After the Divide: German Critical Theory of the Seventies and Eighties (Comp. Lit. and German)
The Gates to Modernity: From Karlsbad to the 1848 Revolution (German)
German Classicism (German)
The Enlightenment in Germany (German)