Judith Ryan

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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. At the German Literary Archive, she has also worked on the contemporary poet Durs Grünbein, another interest of hers; an article on Grünbein's relation to classical antiquity appeared in Fall 2014. Other recent work concerns Hermann Broch's theory of mass psychology. A new article on Rilke's Duino Elegiss and Sonnets to Orpheus appeared in March 2015 in a book of essays on culture literature, and politics in 1922 edited by Jean-Michel Rabaté. An article on Broch's mass psychology project is currently in press. Several other articles, including one on Schlink and Süskind, and another on Ransmayr, are in progress.