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Sean Lambert is a first-year graduate student in the German department. He came to German through Comparative Literature, having graduated from Oberlin College in 2017 with a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing. He maintains a comparative approach to German Studies. Sean’s interests are situated around Modernism and draw from affect and media studies. He plans to study how the technological, political and economic developments of modernity produce new structures and species of emotion, and how works of literature and film process these new, uniquely modern affects, especially where these emotions have political ends, causes or consequences. At Oberlin, he wrote a thesis about the political valences of shock, horror and the uncanny in Weimar culture. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Sean worked as a writing instructor, copy-editor and consultant. Outside of research, he enjoys watching horror movies, discussing pop music and writing fiction.