Alex Sorenson

Alex Sorenson received his B.A. from the Honors College of Portland State University. During his undergraduate study, he spent a DAAD-supported semester at the University of Heidelberg, and completed an internship in the European Reading Room of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. He is currently writing a dissertation about the motif of drowning in Poetic Realism, reading it as a topos within which themes of law, sacrifice, and ethics interpenetrate. He has most recently published an article on visual narration in Rilke’s ‘Neue Gedichte’ (The German Quarterly), and is currently conducting research for a future project on the spatial and lyric concept of sanctuary in modern German poetry. Other interests include the German Ghost Story from 1800 to the present, ekphrasis and the Bildgedicht, and nineteenth-century forms of philosophical narrative (as found in the work of thinkers such as Schelling, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche).