Judith Ryan teaches and writes on literature from the late eighteenth century to the present. She has a particular interest in poetry and the novel. For some time, she has been working on the writings of W.G. Sebald, profiting from a number of visits to the German Literary Archive in Marbach, where much of his personal library, manuscripts, and materials are held. Durs Grünbein's poetry and essays are also part of her active working portfolio, and she is currently writing on his relationship to classical antiquity.