M.A. (German Studies), Ruhr-University Bochum
M.Ed. (German Studies/English Studies), Ruhr-University Bochum
Having studied German and American/English language and literature in Bochum (beautiful, but burdened by concrete) from 2008 to 2015, Sebastian Brass joined the Harvard PhD program in 2016. Both his Bachelor’s and Master’s theses dealt with German language autobiographies (Faktualität und Fiktionalität in Günter Grass’ Autobiographie ‘Beim Häuten der Zwiebel,’ 2012; Die Autobiographie im 20. Jahrhundert zwischen Subjekt- und Selbstreferenz. Narratologische Überlegungen zu Texten von Walter Benjamin, Elias Canetti und Thomas Bernhard, 2015), and autobiography theory is one of his major academic interests. Sebastian’s research also includes crime stories and discourses of law around 1800, literary theory (especially structuralism and poststructuralism), narratology, and the intersections of literary studies and linguistics.
Outside of academia, Sebastian enjoys rock music and concerts, theater and acting, and coffee and newspapers.