Mark Roche

Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Professor of German Language and Literature

Mark Roche

Notre Dame attracted me because of its fascinating identity. At one and the same time, it is a liberal arts college that embraces teaching and learning, a dynamic and ambitious research university, and a Catholic institution of international standing.

In addition to German language and culture, I have been motivated to teach broader courses, such as “Faith, Doubt, and Reason,” that resonate with Notre Dame’s mission. With all my students I stress engaging the great questions, cultivating formal skills, and developing character.

My research explores four main themes: interpretations of literature and film, primarily but not exclusively works from the German tradition; philosophy, especially aesthetics; the history of ideas; and higher education, which is the result of having served 11 years as dean of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters.

Across all four areas, I endeavor to pursue the kinds of integrative and ultimate questions that are so much at home at a Catholic university. This interest has led me to write books on the value of a liberal arts education, the importance of literature in the 21st century, the idea of a Catholic university, and forms of tragedy and comedy.

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