Dr. John Hoffmann

John Hoffmann
Foto: John Hoffmann


john.hoffmann@ 1 Wilhelm-Röpke-Straße 6
35032 Marburg
W|02 Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute (Raum: 07A04 bzw. +7A04)


Philipps-Universität Marburg Germanistik und Kunstwissenschaften (Fb09) Institut für Medienwissenschaft

I am a comparatist with a particular interest in cultural contact between Germany and Anglophone countries in the modernist period (1890-1955). My work ranges between film and literature, and I have published articles in Film History, New Literary History, Modernism/modernity, and diacritics. I’m also the author of Modernism, Aesthetics and Anthropology (Cambridge UP, forthcoming). My current project is a study of the idea of adversaries and “adversarial culture” in German non-fiction cinema of the midcentury.

My work has been supported by grants from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (eigene Stelle), the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Program in Jewish Studies, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Max Kade Center for Modern German Thought, and the Modernist Studies Association, where I’m the co-organizer of the Film Studies Special Interest Group.


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  • Akademischer Werdegang

    • 2018 | Ph.D. English, Johns Hopkins University
    • 2014 | M.A. English, Johns Hopkins University
    • 2011 | M.A. Humanities, The University of Chicago
    • 2008 | B.A. Liberal Arts, St. John’s College
  • Veröffentlichungen

    • Modernism, Aesthetics and Anthropology (New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)
    • “Grand Hotel Theory.” In Hotel Modernisms: 1890-1950, edited by Anna Despotopoulou, Vassiliki Kolocotroni, Efterpi Mitsi. London: Routledge, 2023.
    • “The Volk against Fascism: Socialist Realism and the Aesthetics of Expressionism.” New Literary History 51.3 (Summer 2020)
    • “Animating the Nations: Julius Pinschewer’s Anglophone Cinema.” Film History 30.3 (Fall 2018)
    • “The Optics of Orientation: Walter Benjamin and Mikhail Kaufman in Moscow.”
      Modernism/modernity 24.4 (November 2017)
    • “Kant’s Aesthetic Categories: Race in the Critique of Judgment.” diacritics 44.2 (2016)
    • “Forged Identities: Race and Nationhood 1700-2000.” In Fakes, Lies, and Forgeries: Rare Books and Manuscripts from the Arthur and Janet Freeman Bibliotheca Fictiva Collection, edited by Earle Havens, 103-114. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries, 2014.
    • Translation of Victor Zhirmunsky’s, Reim (selections). The Chicago Review 57.3/4 (Winter 2013)
  • Förderungen

      • Eigene Stelle. Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, 2020
      • Research Grant, Modernist Studies Association, 2019
      • Research Fellowship, Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz, 2019
      • Research Grant, The Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Program in Jewish Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 2017
      • Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 2017
      • Long-Term Research Grant (ten months), Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, 2015-16
      • Research Grant, Modernist Studies Association, 2016
      • Travel Grant, Max Kade Center for Modern German Thought, 2015
      • Owen Scholars Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 2012-2015
      • Denis Family Curatorial Fellowship, Sheridan Libraries Special Collections, 2013-14
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