Department of World Languages and Cultures

Mary Hoak


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Mary Hoak, Ph.D.
Associate Lecturer in French & German
Office: FH 2400 G 
Phone: 419.530.2649 

Ph.D. in Modern Foreign Languages (First Concentration: German, Second Concentration: French; Cognate Field: Comparative Literature), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, August 1999.

Dissertation: "French Influences on the Dramas of Bertolt Brecht, Max Frisch, and HeinerMüller."

Dissertation director:
  • Dr. Carolyn Hodges.
Dissertation Committee:
  • Dr. Peter Höyng,
  • Dr. Nancy Lauckner
  • Dr. Karen Levy

M.A. in French, Middlebury College, VT, August 1983. Summer 1977, German School.

M.A. in German, University of Georgia, Athens, March 1981.

Research Interests:
  • Modern German & French prose.
  • Modern French and German drama, especially comparative and thematic studies.
  • Postwar German prose.
  • Second language acquisition, especially learner styles and learning strategies of foreign language students.
Research and Study Abroad:
Goethe Institute seminars in Berlin, Germany: “Migration and Participation” and “Life in Berlin,” July 2017.
Laval University, Quebec City, Canada, program for French teachers, July 2010.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute for College Teachers on “Vienna in a Century of Turmoil, 1848 1955,” in Vienna, Austria, June-July 2001.
Workshop on the teaching of business French in the United States, CIEL du Strasbourg, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Strasbourg and the Lower Rhine, with scholarship aid from the government of France through the AATF, July 2000.
Research at the Bertolt-Brecht-Archives, Berlin, 1993, and at the Max-Frisch-Archives, Zurich, 1994.
Wiesneck Seminar, sponsored by the AATG/Goethe Institute, 1994.
Loyola College of Maryland Berlin Seminars on Contemporary German Literature, 1990, 1993, and 2000.
University System of Georgia Program at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität in Erlangen, Federal Republic of Germany, summer 1975.
Scholarly Activities & Conference Papers:

“Heinrich Böll in 1963: Ansichten eines Clowns and the Essays and Letters.“ MMLA (Midwest Modern Language Association), Cincinnati, OH, Nov. 2017.

“Vienna in 1922 and Foreshadowing of the Third Reich: Hugo Bettauer’s Die Stadt ohne Juden: Ein Roman von Übermorgen. Modern Austrian Culture and Literature Association, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA, April 2011.
“Exile, Journeys, and the Search for Home in Barbara Honigmann’s Soharas Reise.” Georgia Philological Association, Brewton-Parker College, Mt. Vernon, GA, March 2008.
“Life in the Shadow of the Berlin Wall in Thomas Brussig’s Am kürzeren Ende der Sonnenallee,” Second Carlisle Symposium on Contemporary German Literature, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, October 2001.
“Dealing with the Past in Monika Maron’s Animal Triste and Stille Zeile Sechs,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, April 2001.
"Joan of Arc in Film: Interpretations through the Decades," Southern Comparative Literature Association, Knoxville, TN, September 1999.
"Sartre's Influence on Selected Dramas of Max Frisch," U. of Pennsylvania German Department's Graduate Student Conference on "Franco-German Discourses: Literary Exchanges from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth-Century," Philadelphia, PA, March 1996.
"Sartre, Existentialism, and the Dramas of Max Frisch," South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), Baltimore, MD, November 1994.
"Johann Reuchlin's Henno: A German Humanist's Latin School Drama and La Farce de Maître Pathelin," Southern Comparative Literature Association, Jacksonville, FL, October 1993.
"Literary Art, Artistic Literature: Sonja and Robert Delaunay and the Poetry of Guillaume Apollinaire and Blaise Cendrars," Southern Comparative Literature Association, Rock Hill, SC, October 1992.
"Brecht's Transformations of the Joan of Arc Theme," AATG national convention, Nashville, TN, November 1990.
"The Theme of Work in Kafka's Novel Amerika and in its Sources," Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, U. of Louisville, February 1989.
Presentations: “Migration in Contemporary Germany,” Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, with Abby Fisher (senior U. of Toledo German major who completed an internship through AATG working with refugee children in Friedland, Germany, summer 2016), Chicago, March 2017.
“Incorporating Twentieth Century Art in the German Classroom,” Ohio Foreign Language Association, Columbus, April 2014.
“Highlights of Austria’s Association with the European Union,” European Studies Conference, U. of Nebraska at Omaha, October 2002.
“Surveying Learning Styles to Help Foreign Language Students Improve Study Strategies.” Midwest Modern Language Association, Kansas City, MO, November 2000.
"Resources to Identify Language-Learning Strategies and Styles." Foreign Language Association of Missouri, St. Louis, MO, October 1999.
"Language-Learning Strategies Homepages" at AATG national convention in Nashville, TN, November 1997. Also coordinated session proposal on "New Roles for Technology in the Teaching and Learning of German." "Cooperative Learning in the Literature Classroom," a part of a cooperative learning workshop with Margo Milleret and Margarita Yong, College Language Association, Knoxville, TN, April 1992.
Professional Memberships:
  • American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)
  • American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
Last Updated: 10/30/19