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Jim Hansen

Associate Professor


Professor Hansen is currently working on a book-length study entitled The Impossible Demand of Hitchcock's Cinema.

Research Interests

Literary Theory, Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, 20th century Literature, Film, Hitchcock, The Modernist Novel, Contemporary Fiction, Horror, Aesthetic Theory


Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2001

Courses Taught

  • Intro to Critical Theory

  • Style in the European Novel from 1850-1950

  • Alfred Hitchcock and the Perverse Ethics of the Suspense Film

  • Paranoia, Conspiracy, and Narrative in the Age of Mass Politics

  • British Espionage Fiction from Conrad to 007

  • Race, Failure, and Tragedy in Conrad and Faulkner

  • David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, and the Age of Perpetual Crisis

  • The History of the British Novel

  • Literature, Heroism, and the Invention of National Identity

  • Detective Fictions and the Pleasures of Not Knowing

  • Why Do We Love Horror?

  • The Art of Revenge, Or, The Narrative Pleasures of Retribution and Violence

  • The Coen Brothers and the Cinema of Absurd Realism

  • Intro to Film

  • The Cinema of Fear

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, English
Associate Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Associate Professor, Program in Jewish Culture and Society

Recent Publications

Hansen, J. (2013). Mod Men. In L. M. E. Goodlad, L. Kaganovsky, & R. A. Rushing (Eds.), Mad Men, Mad World: Sex, Politics, Style, and the 1960s (pp. 145-160). Duke University Press.

Hansen, J., & Rabaté, J. M. (2012). Counterparts. In Collaborative Dubliners: Joyce in Dialogue (pp. 188-209). Syracuse University Press.

Hansen, J. (2010). The perverse affections of Ezra pound: A response to Larry Scanlon. American Literary History, 22(4), 863-866.

Hansen, J. A. (2009). Terror and Irish Modernism: The Gothic Tradition from Burke to Beckett. (Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century). SUNY Press.

Hansen, J. (2008). Samuel Beckett's Catastrophe and the Theater of Pure Means. Contemporary Literature, 49(4), 660-682.

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