Arne Koch

Associate Professor of German

Office: Lovejoy 446 [ campus map ]
Box 4440

Phone: 207-859-4449
Fax: 207-859-4405
Mailing Address:
4440 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8844
Office Hours:
M: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; Tu: 8 a.m.-9 a.m. & by appt.
Koch, Arne


2001 Ph.D. German Literature - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1997 M.A. German Literature - The Pennsylvania State University
1995 B.A. German Area Studies - Kenyon College, OH

Areas of Expertise

  • Modern German literature and culture
  • Nineteenth-century German culture
  • German popular culture and film
  • Language pedagogy

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
GM125 AElementary German I
GM125 BElementary German I
GM128 AIntermediate German II: Readings in Cultural Contexts
GM231 AIntroduction to German Studies
GM298 ADark and Grimm Fairy Tales
GM397 ALiterary Adaptation


Current Research

In my current investigation of literary and visual representations of cats in German culture, I consider a number of questions on alterity and sameness as well as the relationship between humans and animals. For this study, I am applying an ecocritical approach to cats as an animal other that subverts longstanding humanist traditions of constructing the human. I am particularly interested in how this process appears to be tied to humans' exposure to a threatening and revolutionizing (Um)Welt. In 2008, together with my research collaborator Birgit Tautz (Bowdoin College), I began to connect key questions about the representation of animals to broader concerns of identity and community in a CBB-Mellon Foundation Grant-sponsored project entitled Thinking Beyond Nation.

Another larger project began in 2009 with work on "Narrative Sequencing in the Liberal Art Curriculum" together with James Violette '11. It not only resulted in two presentations at the annual ACTFL convention in Boston (2010) as well as a co-written article with James Violette in the online journal Neues Curriculum, but also formed the foundation of another CBB-Mellon Foundation Grant with Craig Decker (Bates College), entitled Cultivating Reading Skills: The Colby-Bates Database for Reading Resources in German which ran from April 2010 through May 2011. The Colby-Bates German Virtual Library would not have been possible without contributions by several Colby undergraduate Research Assistants who can found on the VILLY site .

When I find time between my teaching, family, and these two bigger projects, I continue to pursue my interests in German film. Examples include presentations and article publications on Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin (see my 2007 article in Glossen) and Michael Haneke (Kulturpoetik 2010). A separate article on the German Krautrock group Faust and on questions of national identity, written with Harris Sei '10, was published in 2009 in the journal Popular Music and Society). And in fall 2009, a new edition of Reinhold Solger's 1862 novel Anton in Amerika came out with Wehrhahn Verlag. It was completed in 2008 with the research assistance of Meredith Fast '11. Note the AWESOME cover with a Whistler image from the Colby Museum of Art. The Feuilleton section of one of Germany's leading national newspapers, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung,gave it two thumbs up in a July 2010 review. (NB: My affinity for the protagonist must have led the editors to rename me "Anton Koch" in this review. :)


Between National Fantasies and Regional Realities: The Paradox of Identity in Nineteenth-Century German Literature. (NASNCG 39. Series Editor: Jeffrey Sammons) Oxford: Peter Lang, 2006.[Reviewed: Modern Language Review, 103.2 (April 2008): 587-88; Jahrbuch der Raabe Gesellschaft 49 (2008): 177-82; Monatshefte 101.1 (Spring 2009): 119-21.]Ernst Moritz Arndt (1769-1860). Deutscher Nationalismus - Europa - Transatlantische Perspektiven. Ed. Walter Erhart Bielefeld. (Studien u. Texte zur Sozialgeschichte der Literatur 112.) Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2007.[Reviewed: Das Historisch-Politische Buch 56 (2008).]

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Out of 165 test centers worldwide, Colby College is one of only five centers in the United States that can administer the 'Wirtschaftsdeutsch als Fremdsprache' exam. Developed by the German-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the WiDaF has been endorsed and recognized by many leading international cooperations. With the introdcution of a Business German course Fall 2011, students at Colby will be able to prepare for the WiDaF-test to measure and certify proficiency in international business German at the intermediate and advanced levels. And students will now not have to travel far at all.


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