Department Chair

  • Erich Hertz
    Associate Professor of English
    Kiernan Hall 214
    (518) 782-6896

Erich Hertz, Ph.D.


     Erich Hertz, Ph.D.
Department Chair

     214 Kiernan Hall





Erich Hertz joined the faculty of Siena College in 2006. He regularly teaches courses in Modern and Contemporary British literature; Film classes from Teen Film to Hitchcock; and Critical Theory about Contemporary Culture and Popular Arts. His research explores the intersection between aesthetic form and cultural politics. Drawing on Critical and Psychoanalytic Theory, he has published on a spectrum of subjects, from Surrealism to Contemporary Scottish Fiction and the philosophical implications of Turntablism to Joy Division, Throbbing Gristle, and the aesthetics of Music documentaries. He is currently editing a book, Write in Tune: Contemporary Music and Fiction about the use of pop music in contemporary literature.

Recent Publications:

Write in Tune: Contemporary Music and Fiction. Edited with Jeffrey Roessner. Bloomsbury Press: New York and London,  2014.

"Under Ethical Eyes:Form and the Failure of Reading in Conrad and Hitchcock." Under consideration at Oxford University Press.

"Noise as Mediation: Adorno and the Turntablism of Philip Jeck." Resonances: Noise and Contemporary Music. New York and London: Bloomsbury Press, 2013.

"The Anxiety of Authenticity: Post-Punk Films in the 2000s." The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop. New York and London: Bloomsbury Press, 2012.

"The Invasion of the Homeland: Duncan McLean, Global Capital, and the Crisis of Masculine Authority" Scottish Literary Review 2.2 (2010 Autumn-Winter): 107-123.

"Disruptive Testimonies: The Stakes of Surrealist Experience in Breton and Carrington" Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures 64.2 (2010 Summer): 89-104.