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Vance Byrd

Vance Byrd
Associate Professor
Department Chair of German

Vance Byrd is Associate Professor of German and Chair of the Department of German at Grinnell College. He is a scholar of nineteenth-century German literature who writes on topics relating to media studies, history of the book and periodicals, museum studies, and environmental studies. His first book, A Pedagogy of Observation: Nineteenth-Century Panoramas, German Literature, and Reading Culture is forthcoming from Bucknell University Press. His second book-length project, Handmade History: Panoramas and Global Media Production, investigates the history of panoramas in terms of immigration, capital, and material flows from around the world. In addition to larger projects on visual culture and popular entertainments, Byrd is completing work on a co-edited double issue on new approaches to the first-publication of literature in nineteenth-century periodicals, and a co-edited book titled The Business of Literature: German Editorial Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century is in preparation. He is at work on essays on epigraphs and nineteenth-century periodicals; the production aesthetics of sewing and embroidery patterns in nineteenth-century illustrated fashion periodicals; as well as periodical publication and Annette von Droste-Hülshoff’s sense of literary legacy. His articles have been published in journals such as The German Studies Review, The Germanic Review, The Journal of Austrian Studies, and Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies. Professor Byrd has been supported by grants from the Fulbright Commission, the Quadrangle Historical Research Foundation, 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: 

Media Studies, History of Book, Periodical Studies, Museum Studies, Environmental Studies

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