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Vance Byrd

Associate Professor
Department chair of German

Frank and Roberta Furbush Scholar in German

Interim Director of the Center for the Humanities

Professor Byrd is a scholar of nineteenth-century German literature who investigates how literary and print history intersect with the history of visual media. In addition to his first book, A Pedagogy of Observation: Nineteenth-Century Panoramas, German Literature, and Reading Culture (Bucknell UP, 2017), he has published on topics related to the history of books and periodicals, museum studies, environmental humanities, commemoration, and graphic novels. His research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, Max Kade Foundation, Klassik Stiftung Weimar, and the Quadrangle Historical Research Foundation. He is committed to serving the profession. He was elected to be a Director-at-Large of the Goethe Society of North America (2019–22), as well as a member of the MLA Executive Committee (2018–22) and the MLA Delegate Assembly (2018–20). 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.

Selected Publications:

"Lese-und Handarbeiten: Illustrated German Fashion Journals and Sewing in the Nineteenth Century," in Visuelles Design. Die Journalseite als gestaltete Fläche / Visual Design. The Periodical Page as Designed Surface, ed. DFG-Forschergruppe "Journalliteratur" (Hannover: Wehrhahn, forthcoming 2019), 361–381.

A Pedagogy of Observation: Nineteenth-Century Panoramas, German Literature, and Reading Culture, New Studies in the Age of Goethe (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2017). Reviewed in The German Quarterly, Monatshefte.

“Family, Intercategorical Complexity, and Kleist’s Die Verlobung in St. Domingo,” The Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory 92, no. 3 (2017): 223–244.

Periodical Literature in the Nineteenth Century, a special double issue of Colloquia Germanica, co-edited with Sean Franzel, with essays by the editors, Dennis Senzel, Tobias Hermans, Angela Borchert, Kirsten Belgum, Shane D. Peterson, Lynne Tatlock, and Daniela Gretz (49, no. 2–3 (2016 [2018]).

“Introduction: Periodical Literature in the Nineteenth Century,” Colloquia Germanica 49, no. 2–3 (2016 [2018]): 105–118, with Sean Franzel.

“Epigraphs and the Journal Edition of Droste-Hülshoff’s Judenbuche,” Colloquia Germanica 49, no. 2–3 (2016 [2018]): 177–200.

“Cultural Legitimacy and Nicolas Mahler’s Autobiographical Comics,” in Novel Perspectives on German-Language Comics: History, Pedagogy, Theory, ed. Lynn Marie Kutch (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2016), 215–235.

“Covering the Wound: Panorama Exhibitions and Handmade History,” Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 51, no. 1 (2015): 10–27.

“Der holzgerechte Jäger: Forester Fictions and Annette von Droste-Hülshoff’s Die Judenbuche,” The Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory 89, no. 4 (2014): 345–364.

“The Politics of Commemoration in Wien und die Wiener,” Journal of Austrian Studies 47, no. 1 (2014): 1–20.

“Regarding the Cousin: Surveillance and Narration in Hoffmann’s Des Vetters Eckfenster,” German Studies Review 35, no. 2 (2012): 249–264.



In the News

"Stifters starker Stellenwert," Oberösterreichische Nachrichten, January 27, 2018. Adalbert Stifters Todestag jährt sich morgen zum 150. Mal. Wie aktuell der Landeshauptdichter heute noch ist, stellt das Stifterhaus in Linz dar, u. a. mit Hilfe von Schriftstellerin Teresa Präauer und Germanistik-Professor Vance Byrd (USA).

"Stifter Lesen / Reading Stifter – Zum 150. Todestag Adalbert Stifters. Vance Byrd (USA) und Teresa Präauer: Persönliche Stifterlektüren."