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Bryan Klausmeyer

Bryan Klausmeyer, Assistant Professor of German

Bryan Klausmeyer, Assistant Professor of German
Bryan Klausmeyer, Assistant Professor of German

Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Bryan Klausmeyer’s research and teaching focus on the intersection of media theory, the history of science, and 18th- and 19th-century German literature. His current book project, Small Forms: Micrologies of German Literature and Science around 1800, examines poetic and scientific figurations of smallness in the long 18th century. He has also published articles on this and related topics in journals such as MonatshefteThe Germanic Review, and Goethe Yearbook.

  • German Literature and Thought (18th-19th century)
  • History of Science and Technology
  • Media History and Theory
  • Literary Theory and Cultural Studies
  • PhD, German Literature and Thought, Johns Hopkins University, 2016
  • MA, German Literature and Thought, Johns Hopkins University, 2012
  • BA, History, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, 2009
  • Digital editor, Goethe Lexicon of Philosophical Concepts
  • Member, American Comparative Literature Association
  • Member, German Studies Association
  • Member, Goethe Society of North America
  • Member, Modern Language Association
  • International Travel Supplemental Grant ($1,000), Virginia Tech (2019)
  • CLAHS New Faculty Mentorship Grant ($1,500), Virginia Tech (2019)
  • Niles Research Grant ($4,000), Virginia Tech (2019)
  • DAAD Faculty Summer Seminar ($3,200), Cornell University (2018)
  • Best Essay Prize ($500), Goethe Society of North America (2016)

Journal Articles

“‘Living Drafts’: Brecht’s Poetics of Exile in ‘Garden in progress.’” (forthcoming)

“Abschlussbewegungen: Goethe, Freud, and Spectral Forms of Life.” Goethe Yearbook 26 (2019): 163–178.

“From the Spirit of Slip Boxes: Materiality and Media Technology in Jean Paul’s Leben des Quintus Fixlein.” The Germanic Review 93.3 (2018): 277–297.

“Fragmenting Fragments: Jean Paul’s Poetics of the Small in ‘Meine Miszellen.’” Monatshefte 108.4 (2016): 485–509.

Book Chapters

“‘Eine desultorische Lektüre ist jederzeit mein größtes Vergnügen gewesen’: Reading Awry in Georg Christoph Lichtenberg’s Sudelbücher” (forthcoming)

  • GER 3474: Topics in German Cinema 
  • GER 3204: Berlin, Berlin: Cultural History of a Metropolis
  • GER 3984: Small Forms of German Literature and Philosophy
  • GER 3105: German Conversation, Composition, Grammar I
  • GER 3106: German Conversation, Composition, Grammar II

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