Scholarship

Recent and Current Projects

Roche's most recent book, appearing as a paperback and an e-book in 2022, is Alfred Hitchcock: Filmmaker and Philosopher.

His two other most recent books address issues of higher education. Realizing the Distinctive University appeared in February 2017, and in late 2014 he published with Meiner Verlag in Germany, Was die deutschen Universitäten von den amerikanischen lernen können und was sie vermeiden sollten.

His longest book to date, Beautiful Ugliness: Christianity, Hegel, and Modernity, will be forthcoming with the University of Notre Dame Press in 2023. For a five-minute presentation on the topic, see the following link.

His next two book projects have the tentative titles, The Idea of Ugliness: A Short History from Plato to Adorno and Beyond and The Mind’s Journey Away from God (and the Possibility of Return).

Additional projects include a study in the history of ideas, from Meister Eckhart to Hans Jonas, focusing on the idea of God’s dependence on humanity, and.essays and lectures on various topics in German literature, higher education, film, and philosophy. An early version of an informal lecture entitled “What’s so Funny about a Joke?” is available here. An updated version is available here as a podcast.

From 2010 to 2016 Roche was the principal investigator for a five-year, $657,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on “Religion Across the Disciplines.” 

Books

Alfred Hitchcok: Filmmaker and Phlosopher.
Alfred Hitchcok: Filmmaker and Phlosopher. New York: Bloomsbury, 2022

 

Realizing The Distinctive University
Realizing the Distinctive University: Vision and Values, Strategy and Culture. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017.

Was die deutschen Universitäten von den amerikanischen lernen können und was sie vermeiden sollten, Mark Roche
Was die deutschen Universitäten von den amerikanischen lernen können und was sie vermeiden sollten. Hamburg: Meiner, 2014.

Why Choose the Liberal Arts?, Mark Roche
Why Choose the Liberal Arts?. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2010.

Why Literature Matters in the 21st Century, Mark Roche
Why Literature Matters in the 21st Century. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2004.

The Intellectual Appeal of Catholicism and the Idea of a Catholic University, Mark Roche
The Intellectual Appeal of Catholicism and the Idea of a Catholic University. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003.

Die Moral der Kunst
Die Moral der Kunst. Über Ethik und Literatur [The Morality of Art: On Ethics and Literature.] Münich: Beck, 2002.

Tragedy and Comedy: A Systematic Study and a Critique of Hegel, Mark Roche
Tragedy and Comedy: A Systematic Study and a Critique of Hegel. SUNY Series in Hegelian Studies. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1998.

Gottfried Benn's Static Poetry, Mark Roche
Gottfried Benn’s Static Poetry: Aesthetic and Intellectual-Historical Interpretations. Studies in the Germanic Languages and Literatures 112. Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 1991.

Dynamic Stillness: Philosophical Conceptions of Ruhe in Schiller, Hölderlin, Büchner, and Heine, Mark Roche
Dynamic Stillness: Philosophical Conceptions of Ruhe in Schiller, Hölderlin, Büchner, and Heine. Studien zur deutschen Literatur 92. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1987.

Articles

Roche has published articles on literature (Lessing, Hölderlin, Büchner, Wilde, Schnitzler, Heinrich Mann, Benn, Kafka, Broch, Thomas Mann, and Brecht); philosophy (Plato, Vico, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Karl-Otto Apel); film (Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, Woody Allen, and Clint Eastwood); and education (literature pedagogy, chairing foreign language departments, preparing graduate students for the profession, the flourishing of departments, and German and American universities).

Fellowship and Grant Support

Roche’s research has been supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Whiting Foundation, the Max Kade Foundation, and the Fulbright Commission.

For a full listing of publications, see curriculum vitae.

Document for Realizing the Distinctive University.

I include here a document, entitled The Value and Impact of the College Experience: A Comparative Study, which is at the time of posting (July 2016) not otherwise available on the Web. I cite the study in my book Realizing the Distinctive University: Vision and Values, Strategy and Culture and wanted to provide public domain access to the document and offer readers an appropriate URL in my Works Cited section. Permission for the posting has been granted by The Annapolis Group.

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