Bryan Klausmeyer

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture

Professor Klausmeyer teaches German literature, culture and literary theory at Occidental College. His research and teaching focus on the intersection of literature, science and media, as well as the poetics of knowledge.

Education: B.A., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; M.A., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Bryan Klausmeyer received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 2016. His dissertation, entitled Signs of Life: Form, Life, and the Materiality of Writing around 1800 (Georg Christoph Lichtenberg – Jean Paul – Goethe), which he defended in May 2016, examines how concepts of life articulate themselves in the writing practices of German authors around 1800. Before joining the faculty at Occidental College as the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in German and Comparative Studies, he taught German language and literature at Johns Hopkins and was a Junior Scholar at the Free University of Berlin. He has co-edited the German edition of the MLN (2010-11), organized graduate conferences on “Counter-philologies” (2012) and “Literature and Cosmology” (2013), and has articles forthcoming on Jean Paul and media technology (Monatshefte, 2017). His current research project explores the relation between figures of smallness in Classical Modernism (Walser, Polgar, Else Lasker-Schüler, André Jolles, Carl Einstein, Benjamin) and contemporaneous media.