Alexander Lin

Comparative Literature, Class of 2018

I’m a member of the Class of 2018 from Newtown, Pennsylvania, majoring in Comparative Literature and pursuing a certificate in European Cultural Studies.

Role(s) held in the Humanistic Studies Program:

Behrman Undergraduate Society of Fellows, Certificate Student

Activities on campus:

Wildcats, Chapel Choir, Princeton Historical Review

Involvement with the Council of the Humanities: 

I am an alumnus of the HUM sequence, and went on the Greece trip led by Jonny Thakkar in Fall 2015. The experience of walking amidst those ruins and representatives of the ancients is at once marvelous and gut-wrenching; for we look upon those works and despair. I interviewed the Greek short-story writer Christos Ikonomou over a nice cup of coffee at a jazz cafe.

Independent work:

My junior paper argues that the concept of irony in the work of Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima is the reverse face of the coin which usually shows up as nihilism.

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