Patrick Lang

Graduate Student

Patrick Lang received his B.A. in Political Science at SUNY University at Buffalo in his home state of New York. Having studied in Moscow and Berlin and interned in Washington, D.C., he ultimately turned away from his political interests and entered literary studies by pursuing an M.Phil in Comparative Literature at Trinity College Dublin. Here he wrote a thesis on the treatment of totalizing aesthetics in Viktor Pelevin’s Generation ‘Pi’ and Peter Weiss’s Ästhetik des Widerstands. Patrick has been a member of the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies since 2012. Now working on his dissertation, he spends his days investigating the role of theological motifs in the atomically-themed stage plays of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. When there is free time, Patrick likes to draw and paint, read the news, and page casually through grammar manuals.