Bryan Klausmeyer

Assistant Professor of German Virginia Tech

Bryan Klausmeyer

I received my B.A. in History and German in 2009 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where I graduated summa cum laude with Highest Honors in the Department of History. From 2010 to 2016, I was enrolled in the German Program at the Johns Hopkins University, where I earned my M.A. in 2012 and Ph.D. in 2016. From 2013 to 2014, I was affiliated as a visiting doctoral student with both the PhD-Net “Das Wissen der Literatur” (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and the Friedrich-Schlegel-Graduiertenschule für literaturwissenschaftliche Studien (Freie Universität Berlin). And from 2016 to 2018, I was the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in German Studies at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA.

Drawing on insights from the fields of literary criticism, media theory and the history of science, my current book-length project, Literary Micrologies: The Life and Knowledge of Small Forms around 1800, explores the discursive and poetic reconfiguration of “smallness” in German literature and science around 1800, with particular focus on the works of Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Jean Paul and Goethe. I also have articles, published and forthcoming, on Jean Paul, Romantic miscellanies, and media technology; Goethe, Freud, and the sciences of life; as well as Bertolt Brecht’s poetics of exile.

As of July 2018, I am an Assistant Professor of German at Virginia Tech.