Professor Byrd is a scholar of nineteenth-century German literature who writes and teaches on topics related to media studies, history of the book and periodicals, museum studies, and the environmental humanities.
His first book, A Pedagogy of Observation: Nineteenth-Century Panoramas, German Literature, and Reading Culture, was published in the New Studies in the Age of Goethe series at Bucknell University Press in 2017. He has started conducting research for two new book projects, Handmade History: Panoramas and Global Cultures of Commemoration and Forester Fictions: Scientific Forest Management, Antisemitism, and the German Imaginary. In addition to these monographs, Professor Byrd has several edited publications forthcoming or in preparation. He edited a journal issue on German periodical literature in the nineteenth century with Sean Franzel. Byrd is preparing a co-edited book on publication strategies in nineteenth-century German literature with Ervin Malakaj, and he will co-edit a volume on pre-photographic visual culture with Kirsten Belgum.
Selected Recent Publications:
- “Family, Intercategorical Complexity, and Kleist’s Die Verlobung in St. Domingo,” The Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory 92, no. 3 (2017): 223–244.
- “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: Forster 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.
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.