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2019-20

Jason Marrott

Jason is a second year PhD Student in the Department of Germanic Studies. Jason's research focuses on understandings and practice of solitude in the German-Speaking Romantic world. There is an inherently paradoxical aspect to the mediation of solitude, for to express solitude entails a betrayal of its core principal: the seclusion of the individual from the many. For an audience to learn of an experience of solitude, it necessarily ceases to truly be a solitary experience. This, in turn, raises the question: can one ever truly be solitary?

The choice to practice solitude is often taken directly in reaction to society. More fundamentally still, the cognitive framework, barriers, ideologies, and cultural practices of the society a solitary figure purports to have left, still guide his or her experience of solitude and understanding of self. What, then, truly is the function of solitude? Jason's research seeks to investigate the intimately intertwined nature of solitude with society and communities, beginning with Waldeinsamkeit, working outwards.

Jason Marrott holds a B.A. in German Literature and a B.A. in Language Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he was awarded highest honours in Literature. He then went on to complete an M.Phil in Comparative Literature at Trinity College Dublin. He has now returned for a PhD in Germanic Studies. He has also worked as an English Tutor and Translator in Athens, Greece, as well as an English Language assistant in Prague.

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