Elena Petron

Elena Petron

Graduate Student

elena.petron@duke.edu

Raised in Connecticut, Elena earned her B.A. in German Studies and English Literature from Kenyon College in 2022. For her senior thesis, she explored perceptions of individuality and the acquisition of self-knowledge in Hesse’s Steppenwolf by applying Jungian psychoanalysis as a rhetorical lens. Before coming to CDG, and as inspired by her work as a TA of German at Kenyon, Elena went to Vienna, Austria for a year as an English Teaching Assistant through Fulbright Austria.

Elena is interested in notions of Heimat, perceptions of self, and the relevance of psychoanalytic theory in understanding Exilliteratur of the 20th century. Outside of her studies, she enjoys distance running, hiking and photography.