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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Dr Felix Christen


Geilinger Fellow

Room Number: Arts One 2.12
Office Hours: Mondays, 3-5pm


Felix Christen is Geilinger Fellow for Swiss Literature and Culture at SLLF in 2021/22. He received his PhD at the University of Zurich, where he also completed his habilitation procedure and received the Venia Legendi in German Literature in 2019. From 2014 to 2016 he was a postdoctoral fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at Goethe University Frankfurt and at the Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung in Berlin. In 2020 he was Fellow in Residence at the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche in Weimar. He is co-editor of the Hölderlin-Jahrbuch.

Dr Christen’s research interests range from 18th- and early 19th-century German literature and culture and German Idealism to Nietzsche and to 20th-century German literature and philosophy, literary theory in its historical contexts, critical hermeneutics and the history of philology, the materiality and mediality of literature and culture, and literary ethics. He has published two book-length studies on Hölderlin, a critical edition of Nietzsche’s Zarathustra as well as articles on Stifter, Rilke, Trakl, Heidegger, Arendt, Adorno, Celan, and the contemporary Swiss writer Pedro Lenz. He has co-edited a volume on Kafka’s Blue Octavo Notebooks and a volume on Der Witz der Philologie: Rhetorik—Poetik—Edition. His new book on notions of darkness and incomprehensibility in 19th- to 20th-century aesthetics is forthcoming with Wallstein this year.


GER6204 Die Kultur der deutschsprachigen Schweiz


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