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Vance Byrd
Frank and Roberta Furbush Scholar in German

Vance Byrd
Interim Director of the Center for the Humanities
Associate Professor
Department Chair of German

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.

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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

Courses Taught: 

Advanced Seminar in German Studies; Continuing German I; Continuing German II; Introduction to German I; Core Seminar I: From Culture to Nation; Cultural and Intellectural Revolution from Classicism through Realism; Introduction to German II; GRM 101 Introductory German I; Print Matters: History, Theory, Praxis; Recent Trends in German Literature: Graphic Novel


GRM / ART 295 Print Matters: History, Theory, Praxis

GRM 372 Recent Trends in German Literature: Graphic Novel



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Center for the Humanities