Spotlight: Dr. Hoffman
Dr. Todd Hoffman, is an assistant professor in the department of English and Foreign Languages. His areas of interest are psychoanalytic criticism, Marxist criticism, postmodernism and films. He is currently pursuing research in the areas of trauma studies, race and psychoanalysis and on Toni Morrison. His other areas of interest are literary theory, modernist fiction, and philosophy.
He has supervised several students on their undergraduate honors theses. Dr. Hoffman's students have presented papers at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research held in Ithaca, New York and ASU's Phi Kappa Phi Conference. Ariel Hall and Melinda McKew, who conducted research under his supervision, presented their papers at the ASU CURS Brown Bag series as well.
Dr. Hoffman currently teaches ENGL 1102 & 2250, HUMN 2001 & 2002, Advanced Theory, and will be teaching the honors' course on Existentialism and Literature with Dr. Weiss in Fall 2011. He plans to do future research on the enduring legacy of surrealism in postmodernism. He is interested in collaborating with professors in his department as well as the departments of Philosophy and Political Science.
Dr. Hoffman has reviewed several books and articles, for example in 2010 he published an article titled "Emma as a Masquerade: Womanliness and Power in Jane Austen's Emma:" on womenwriter.net. He has additionally attended and presented papers at the Louisiana Conference on Language, Literature, and Culture and Foreign Language Film Conference.