Simon Schoch studied German and comparative literature, linguistics, and philosophy in Freiburg and Berlin. Having received his M. A. from Humboldt University in 2017, Simon joined NYU’s German Department in the same year. In his thesis on the notion of heritage in Thomas Bernhard’s prose, he studied the various ways inheritance informs the writing of subjectivity and reflects its intertextual and historical condition.
At NYU’s German Department, Simon intends to further develop this line of inquiry and focus on the thinking and writing of repetition. Alongside Wi(e)derholung, however, the problem of re-presentation arises, which is particularly virulent in the textual production and perception of reality as genealogy in 19th century prose. Simon’s academic interests thus range from the aesthetics and epistemology of Realism over discourses on the crisis of representation in 20th century modernism to the problems of disruption and continuity in post-war literature.
During his graduate and undergraduate studies, he received several scholarships from the Humboldt Graduate School, the Adolf-Haeuser-Foundation, and the Association of friends of the University of Freiburg, presented his research at the Colloque de Cerisy, and published an article on W. G. Sebald’s prose (‘Le paysage comme ruine. Errances sebaldiennes sous le signe de Saturne’) in Europe en mouvement. Vol. 2: Nouveaux regards (2018).