Bryan Klausmeyer

Catalina Andrango Walker

Bryan Klausmeyer

Assistant Professor of German


310 Major Williams Hall 
220 Stanger St. 
Blacksburg, VA 24061





  • Literature, Aesthetics, Poetics of 18th and 19th Century
  • History of Science and Technology
  • Media History and Theory
  • Nature, Environment, and Landscape in German Thought


  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
  • M.A., Johns Hopkins University
  • B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


    Awards and Honors

    DAAD Grant for Interdisciplinary Summer Seminar, Cornell University, 2018

    Best Essay Prize of the Goethe Society of North America, 2016

    Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Occidental College, 2016–18


    “Abschlussbewegungen: Goethe, Freud, and Spectral Forms of Life.” Invited Essay (Forthcoming 2019, Goethe Yearbook26)

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

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

    Additional Information

    Bryan Klausmeyer’s research and teaching focus on the intersection of media theory, the history of science, and eighteenth and nineteenth-century German literature. His current book project—Literary Micrologies: The Life and Knowledge of Small Forms around 1800—examines poetic and scientific figurations of smallness in the long eighteenth century, in texts ranging from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg’s notebooks and Goethe’s morphological journals to Jean Paul’s miscellanies and Heinrich von Kleist’s anecdotes. He has also published articles on related topics, including Jean Paul’s poetics of the small form and his citation of different media technologies, as well as conceptions of spectral life in the works of Goethe and Freud, in journals such as the MonatshefteGermanic Review, and Goethe Yearbook.