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Peter Uwe Hohendahl

Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus

photo of Peter Uwe Hohendahl

Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 193
puh1@cornell.edu
607-255-8353

Overview

Professor 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.


Office Hours
By appointment only
 

Departments/Programs

  • Comparative Literature
  • German Studies

Research

  • Critical Theory (especially Adorno, Benjamin and Habermas)
  • European Realism
  • History of Criticism
  • 19th- and 20th-Century German Literature

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.