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Professor Byrd is a scholar of nineteenth-century German literature and media studies. He teaches German language and cultural studies at Grinnell College. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in History and German from the University of Georgia. Professor Byrd is at work on his first book, A Domestic Spectacle: German Literature and the Panorama, and article manuscripts titled "Covering the Wound: Panorama Exhibitions and Handmade History," and "Der holzgerechte Jäger: Forester Fictions and Droste-Hülshoff's Judenbuche." His recent publications include: "The Politics of Commemoration in Vienna and the Viennese." Journal of Austrian Studies 47.2 (forthcoming, 2014) "Weathering the Storm: Ludwig Achim von Arnim's Der Wintergarten and Alexander von Humboldt." Cumaná 1799. Travels between Europe and the Americas. Eds. Oliver Lubrich and Christians Angela Knoop. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, (forthcoming, 2013): 283-295. "Beautiful Form? Vienna and the Viennese and Stifter's Urban Sketches. Interférence littéraires – Literaire interferenties 8 (2012): 155-169. "Regarding the Cousin: Surveillance and Narration in Hoffmann's Des Vetters Eckfenster." German Studies Review 35.2 (2012): 249-264.