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Dr. Karin Höpker
  • Organization: Department of English and American Studies
  • Working group: Lehrstuhl für Amerikanistik, insbesondere Literaturwissenschaft (Prof. Dr. Kley)
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-29396
  • Fax number: +49 9131 85-23442
  • Email: karin.hoepker@fau.de
  • Website:
  • Address:
    Bismarckstraße 1
    91054 Erlangen
    Room B7A6
  • Office hours:

    Currently in a sabbatical term.

    Office Hours
    Mon 5-7pm

    Jede Woche Mo, 17:00 - 19:00, Room B7A6,

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 FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and at Indiana University Bloomington

Functions

  • Member of the Commission for Research and Junior Academic Staff
  • Coordinator of the Masters Program “North American Studies: Culture and Literature”
  • UnivIS-coordinator
  • Member of the Emerging Fields Intitiative “Bio-Objects and Bio-Subjects”
  • Member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Contemporary Literature and Culture
  • Peer reviewer for the European Journal of American Studies

Publications

Authored Books

Book Contributions

Workshops, Lectures, and Papers

  • with Jeanne Cortiel. “Perilous Passages – The Birth of Risk in 19th Century American Culture.” International Conference, Schloss Thurnau, Oct. 23 – 24, 2015
  • with Antje Kley. “Unruly Creatures, Obstinate Things – Bio-Objects and Scientific Knowledge Production in Contemporary Science Novels.” Fiction meets Science, Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Delmenhorst, Nov. 19 – 22, 2014
  • 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, Oct. 01 – 03, 2014
  • Workshop “Digital Detritus: Spam, Scrap, Bit Rot.” with Andrew Gross, DGfA 2014, University of Würzburg, June 12 – 15, 2014
  • Guest Lecture “Killer Seriality: Dexter and Contemporary American TV.” Literature & Media Studies Program, University of Bamberg, May 06, 2014
  • Lecture “Mad Scientists, Horrid Creatures: Wissenschaftsfiktion in der amerikanischen Populärkultur.” Lecture series Populärkultur, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum Literatur und Kultur der Gegenwart, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, May 05, 2014
  • 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, Sept. 24, 2013
  • 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-Nürnberg, Jan. 07, 2013
  • 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), July 19 – 20, 2012
  • 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).
  • 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, Nov. 04 – 06, 2011
  • 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).
  • 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, Mar. 18 – 20, 2009
  • “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, June 13 – 16, 2006
  • 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, Apr. 07 – 10, 2006
  • “‘Intimate Caesurae:’ Constructions and Transience of ‘Humanity’ in Recent Fiction.” Annual Conference of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Princeton, NJ, Mar. 23 – 26, 2006
  • 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, Jan. 28 – 29, 2005
  • 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. May, 05 – 09, 2004
  • “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, July 16 – 18, 2004
  • “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., Oct. 14 – 17, 2004
  • “Mirrorworlds, Urban Spaces: Heterotopographies in William Gibson’s Virtual Light-Trilogy.” Border//Crossings, 6th Graduate Conference, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Nov. 05 – 07, 2004
  • 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), Apr. 18 – 19, 2004
  • “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., Apr. 03, 2004
  • 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,” Jan. 09 – 10, 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