Centre College Faculty

Ian Wilson

Ian W. Wilson

• Associate Professor of German and Humanities
• Chair of German Studies, Chinese, and Japanese Programs

Phone: 859-238-5241
E-mail: ian.wilson@centre.edu
Office: Crounse Hall—461

Personal Web site: web.centre.edu/wilsoni

Ian Wilson joined the Centre College faculty in the fall of 2003 as an visiting instructor of German and humanities, and in 2005 received the Kirk Award for excellence in teaching. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2009.

He was previously a teaching fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he taught courses in German, comparative literature, and German-language sections of courses in history and international studies. He was also a graduate teaching consultant at UNC-CH's Center for Teaching and Learning.

His current research project focuses on the role of ambiguity, obscurity, and illegibility in the works of Elfriede Jelinek. Other scholarly interests include critical theory, cultural representations of the extreme (e.g., the sublime, the traumatic, the impossible), G.E. Lessing, and intersections between literature and other arts, especially photography and film. He has published an article on Samuel Beckett's bilingual literary production, is a contributor to An Encyclopedia of African American Literature (Greenwood Press), and articles on Elfriede Jelinek’s Die Kinder der Toten and John Edgar Wideman’s The Cattle Killing are forthcoming. He has given papers at conferences of the Modern Language Association, the American Comparative Literature Association, and the Southern Comparative Literature Association, as well as at the “Austrian Writers Confront the Past” conference at the University of Pennsylvania and the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference.

Wilson is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Delta Phi Alpha German national honor society. In 2000-01, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research at the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften in Vienna, Austria. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in comparative literature and German from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

To read about his CentreTerm course "Introduction to the Cultural History of Central Europe," click here.

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