Hannah Schoch

Hannah Schoch

Assistant to Prof. Bronfen

Phone: 044 634 36 76

hannah.schoch@es.uzh.ch

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Portrait

Hannah Schoch holds a BA in English Language and Literature, Film Studies, and Philosophy and an MA in English Literature and Gender Studies from the University of Zurich. In 2011, she spent two terms at the University of Cambridge, Pembroke College, reading American Literature and Shakespeare. She wrote her MA thesis on early American (Puritan) women writers entitled On the Domestic Front: America's Writing Mothers. A Puritan Triptych: Anne Bradstreet, Mary Rowlandson, Abigail Adams.  
 

PhD Project: Intimate Politics: The Couple and the American Democratic Project.

This project posits that the American (heterosexual) couple serves as a crucial trope for the American culture to assess the state of its (political, democratic) union. The couple can be seen not just as a mere genre device, or as a depleted cultural cliché, but as a recurring motif that has to be taken seriously as it allows the American cultural imaginary to play through questions of a successful democracy. As the couple is situated on the border between the public (national) and the private (individual), it allows for thinking through questions of the individual and the community, of the private and the public, of democratic citizenship and the state of the union. The couple can be seen as the atomistic unit that makes up America’s democratic social space (Fisher 2000), and is both a self-sufficient social cell and, at the same time, carries with it the promise of possible generational reproduction, without laying claims to a generational commitment to tradition, as the trope of the family would suggest. In other words, the couple can be regarded as the smallest cell for democracies whereas the family structurally calls up aristocratic lineages. Furthermore, internally, the couple performs in a nutshell what have been key issues of any democracy: how to negotiate between individual and communal desires, how to recognize and acknowledge the other and his/her desires, and, last but not least, how to acknowledge and deal with the fragility and precariousness of the hope for a future together while at the same time negotiating the ordinariness of everyday life. Hence, I suggest that the American couple in literature and film serves as a nodal point for a philosophical, political and cultural discussion of what the American philosopher Stanley Cavell calls the American project. 

 

Research Interests

  • American literature and culture, including early American/puritan literature
  • literary and cultural theory, interface between literature and philosophy, literature and politics
  • media and questions of genre, gender, race and class
  • Shakespeare and his cultural afterlife
 
Publications

Edited Books:

Bronfen, Elisabeth, Ivo Ritzer, Hannah Schoch (eds.). Ida Lupino: Die zwei Seiten der Kamera. Berlin: Bertz + Fischer, 2018.
 

Chapters, Articles:

“Zirkulierende Bildformeln zwischen Ost und West: Politiken des Populären und Shakespeare: The Animated Tales”. In: Politiken des Populären: Medien, Kultur, Wissenschaft. Ivo Ritzer, Harald Steinwender (eds.). Wiesbaden: Springer 2018 (forthcoming).

“Die Verhandlerin: Ida Lupino hinter der Kamera”. In: Ida Lupino: Die zwei Seiten der Kamera. Bronfen, Elisabeth, Ivo Ritzer, Hannah Schoch (eds.). Berlin: Bertz + Fischer, 2018: 79-96.

“Not Wanted”. In: Ida Lupino: Die zwei Seiten der Kamera. Bronfen, Elisabeth, Ivo Ritzer, Hannah Schoch (eds.). Berlin: Bertz + Fischer, 2018: 152-159.

“Ida Lupinos Arbeit am American Dream“. Together with Elisabeth Bronfen. In:  Ida Lupino: Die zwei Seiten der Kamera. Bronfen, Elisabeth, Ivo Ritzer, Hannah Schoch (eds.). Berlin: Bertz + Fischer, 2018: 14-32.

„Einleitung“. In: Ida Lupino: Die zwei Seiten der Kamera. Together with Elisabeth Bronfen and Ivo Ritzer. Bronfen, Elisabeth, Ivo Ritzer, Hannah Schoch (eds.). Berlin: Bertz + Fischer, 2018: 7-12.

 

Teaching

FS 2018: American Poetic Imaginations of Self and Nation: Four Centuries of Optimism and Despair

HS 2017/FS 2018: Textual Analysis Part I and II,  BA Seminar Group 4 (first year introductory module)

HS 2016: Dreams of a New America: Writing Democracy in the 19th Century (BA Seminar) Syllabus (PDF, 83 KB)

HS 2016/FS 2017: Textual Analysis Part I and II,  BA Seminar Group 4 (first year introductory module)

FS 2016: The Puritans - Linchpin of the American Imagination (BA Seminar) Syllabus (PDF, 79 KB)

HS 2015/FS 2016: Textual Analysis Part I and II, BA Seminar Group 7 (first year introductory module)

 

Workshops, Conferences, Roundtables

Organization:

June 14-15, 2018 Workshop "Genre-Transmedialität: Genres und medienübergreifende Perspektiven" with talks by Elisabeth Bronfen and Fabienne Liptay

March 26, 2018 Book Launch: Ida Lupino - Die zwei Seiten der Kamera. Cabaret Voltaire, with Elisabeth Bronfen, Johannes Binotto, Fabienne Liptay, Ivo Ritzer and Hannah Schoch, organized for the PhD Program, English Seminar UZH, and the ZKK.

March 23-24, 2018 Writing Workshop "Failure", co-organizer together with Ana Sobral and Daniela Landert. PhD Program, English Seminar UZH.

October 20-21, 2017Over Her Dead Body Redux: Feminism for the 21st Century”, international conference, English Seminar UZH, co-organizer together with Prof. Dr. Barbara Straumann and Dr. Daniela Janser

December 10-12, 2015  "Cold War Cultures. Workshop on Cold War cultures and representations of history on screen", PhD Program, English Seminar UZH, Invited speakers: Robert Burgoyne (St. Andrews University) and Alan Nadel (University of Kentucky)

 

Papers/Talks/Roundtables:

June 27-29, 2018 "Staging a Double Revolution: Hamilton's Tactical Engagement of Genre", paper at the NECS 2018 Conference: Media Tactics and Engagement, Amsterdam&Utrecht, The Netherlands.

March 26, 2018 Book Launch: Ida Lupino - Die zwei Seiten der Kamera. Cabaret Voltaire, with Elisabeth Bronfen, Johannes Binotto, Fabienne Liptay, Ivo Ritzer and Hannah Schoch, organized for the PhD Program, English Seminar UZH, and the ZKK.

November 24, 2017 „Intimate Strangers: Community and the Semiprivate Home in Elizabeth Stoddard’s The Morgesons (1862)“. Paper given at the Workshop „American Domesticities“. November 24-25, 2017. English Seminar UZH, Zurich.

August 29, 2017 ES Alumni Colloquia 2017, Session 2: "From the Founding Fathers to Obama: Teaching American History through the Hip Hop Musical Hamilton" together with Dr. Ana Sobral

May 12, 2017 "Genrebildung und kulturelle Archive am Beispiel von Objective, Burma! (1945)". Inputreferat DFG Netzwerktreffen "Genre und Medien". Trier University, Germany, May 11-12, 2017.

May 6, 2017 “Zirkulierende Bildformeln zwischen Ost und West: Politiken des Populären und Shakespeare: The Animated Tales“. Paper at the workshop „Texts and Contexts“ with Prof. Paulo de Medeiros (University of Warwick) and Prof. Ana Sobral (UZH), at the English Seminar, UZH.

October 6, 2016 “The Scandal of The Birth of a Nation.” Introduction for the general public to Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation at the Royal Scandal Cinema, Baden.

June 18, 2016 Response paper. "Emily Dickinsons Metaphysische Albernheit". Interdisciplinary Symposium “Albernheit, Nonsense, Irrwitz”. June 17-18, 2016, Zürich.

June 5, 2016 Participation in the roundtable discussion at the Filmpodium for the Ida Lupino Workshop organized by the English Seminar UZH.

June 4, 2016 “Ida Lupino: Ein Weiblicher Blick auf den fragilen Amerikanischen Traum”, together with Elisabeth Bronfen. Paper given at the Filmpodium for the Ida Lupino Workshop organized by the English Seminar UZH.

December 12, 2015 "Cold War Shakespeare". Paper at "Cold War Cultures. Workshop on Cold War cultures and representations of history on screen" at English Seminar UZH.