Christian Alexander Wollin

Christian Wollin

Christian Alexander Wollin

(Literary) Theory

Literary Studies
(Literary) Theory
Discursive encounters between writing, figurality, and thought


Current Projects:

My project works towards a poetics of Hannah Arendt’s writing. To that end, it aims to identify the constitutive textual elements and practices of Arendt’s art of writing as well as to chart their dynamic interplay and integration into ever more complex discursive scenarios. Such a comprehensive philological description in turn becomes the reflexive medium for exploring in depth the various modes in which the concepts that emerge from Arendt’s singular space of writing are shaped by its tightly interwoven processes, temporalities, and rhythms of narrativization, figuration, citation, and (inter-)linguation.


2010-2013                   Doctoral scholarship, Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies, Freie Universität Berlin  

2005-2007                   Scholarship, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

2003-2004                   One-year scholarship, DAAD, English Studies Programme

Academic work experience

2014-2017       Research assistant, edition project: Hannah Arendt: Complete Works. Critical Edition. Print and Digital. Editors: Anne Eusterschulte, Eva Geulen, Barbara Hahn, Hermann Kappelhoff, Patchen Markell, Anne Vowinckel, and Thomas Wild. Wallstein: Göttingen 2018ff. Philological work on Volume 6: Hannah Arendt: The Modern Challenge to Tradition: Fragmente eines Buchs. Edited by Barbara Hahn and James McFarland. With the support of Ingeborg Nordmann and Ingo Kieslich. Wallstein: Göttingen 2018.



  • “Die Nächte der Catherine Pozzi,“ in: Die Wiederholung. Zeitschrift für Literaturkritik, Volume 10 (Heidelberg, June 2020), Edited by Leonard Keidel, Jost Eickmeyer and Alexander Knopf, pp. 5-47.

  • “Einsteinrosarauschen,“ in: The Graveside Orations of Carl Einstein. Edited by Dale Holmes and Sharon Kivland. London: Ma Bibliothèque 2019, pp. 147f.

  • “Wenige Liebesnächte, wenige Gedichte, ein All aus Nichts. Über Milo de Angelis' Non é più dato,“ in: Die Wiederholung. Zeitschrift für Literaturkritik, Volume 6 (Heidelberg, May 2018), edited by Jost Eickmeyer and Leonard Keidel, pp. 15-25.

  • “Afterword. The Task of the Sonneteer: Walter Benjamin's Poetry as a Manifold Tradition,” in: Walter Benjamin: Sonnets. Translation, Introduction, and Commentary by Carl Skoggard. Foreword by Megan Ewing. Albany, NY: Fence Books 2017, pp. 293-318.

  • “[Benjamin's Stars],” in: The Lost Diagrams of Walter Benjamin. Edited by Helen Clarke and Sharon Kivland. Essays by Helen Clarke, Sam Dolbear, and Christian A. Wollin. London: Ma Bibliothèque 2017, pp. 25-29.

  • "daß je näher man sich mit mir einläßt je mehr wahrheit man von mir hört‘: Rahel Levin Varnhagens epistolare parrhesia mit Karl Gustav von Brinckmann,“ in: Begegnungen mit Rahel Levin Varnhagen. Edited by Barbara Hahn. Göttingen: Wallstein 2015, pp. 45-70.


  • 2017 - Sedis animi est in memoria: Hannah Arendt liest. “Mittwochsseminar,“ Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach