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Vance Byrd

Vance Byrd
Associate Professor
Department Chair of German


Vance Byrd is an Associate Professor of German at Grinnell College. Professor Byrd is a scholar of nineteenth-century German literature who writes on topics relating to media studies, museum studies, environmental studies, theories of narrative, and memory studies. His articles have been published or are forthcoming in journals such as The German Studies Review, The Germanic Review, The Journal of Austrian Studies, and Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies. He is completing his first book, A Domestic Spectacle: German Literature and Panoramas, and is at work on articles on the graphic novel and Austrian national literature; the Morgenblatt für gebildete Leser and Droste-Hülshoff’s Judenbuche; and intersectional analysis and Kleist’s fiction. Professor Byrd has been supported by grants from the Fulbright Commission, the Max Kade Foundation, the Weimar Classics Foundation, and the William Fontaine Endowment. Professor Byrd 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.


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On-Campus Address: 

Alumni Recitation Hall
1226 Park St
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Education / Degrees: 

M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania B.A., University of Georgia

Courses Taught: 

German Language 18th- and 19th-Century Literature


Academic Interests: 

Early Nineteenth-Century Panorama Exhibitions E. T. A. Hoffmann Ludwig Achim von Arnim Adalbert Stifter The Weimar Fashion Periodical Das Journal des Luxus und der Moden

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