Arne’s research focuses on critical theory and the contemporary novel. While his first book dealt with the fate of the novel in the post-9/11 era, his more recent work has investigated the novel’s relation to biopolitics through a study of contemporary narratives of care. The book based on this research, Narrative Care: Biopolitics and the Novel, was published by Continuum/Bloomsbury in 2013. He is currently at work on a new book project, tentatively titled Finance Fictions, which deals with psychosis in the contemporary American finance novel.
Arne’s courses at the undergraduate and graduate level have dealt with the September 11 novel, superhero politics, biopolitics, Giorgio Agamben, philosophies of care, generation X, and posthumanism. At CalArts, he tested the limits and limitations of aesthetic education by putting together an interdisciplinary course cluster on bioart (Fall 2010). In the Fall of 2010, he lectured on “The Philosophy of (Aesthetic) Education” at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. In the Fall of 2012, he was Visiting Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles.