Christian Alexander Wollin studied German Literature and English Studies at Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Aberdeen, UK. He was awarded scholarships by the DAAD and the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. In 2009 he completed his M.A. with the thesis Difference and Mediation. Concepts and Textual Practices of the Poetic Absolute in Hölderlin (1794-1801). From 2010 to 2013 he has been pursuing his Ph.D. as a scholar at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, writing his dissertation Paradox in German Romanticism around 1800.
In his doctoral thesis Christian Wollin examines the rhetorical and philosophical concept of paradox in German and English Romanticism around 1800. With recourse to its double conceptual genealogy since antiquity the formal variants, specific functions and conceptual configurations of paradox will be explored in paradigmatic texts by Blake, Hölderlin, Novalis, Friedrich Schlegel, Shelley and Wordsworth. Their comparative analysis will be guided by the desideratum of establishing a typology of paradox; it will also deal with the question as to whether romantic texts develop a specifically literary form of paradoxical speech.
Christian Wollin’s current research interests include Romanticism, Modernism, German literature after 1945, Walter Benjamin, poetry and critical theory.