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Dr Byron Spring

MA MSt LLB DPhil Oxf

Biography

Dr Byron Spring is a Stipendiary Lecturer in German Literature at St Hilda’s College and Lincoln College. He has previously held lectureships at a number of different colleges within the University of Oxford.

Byron teaches the full range of Modern German Literature and Language Papers for the undergraduate Preliminary Examinations and Final Honour School. He has a particular interest in post-1945 writing in Germany and Austria. He has taught Paper X Special Authors including Franz Kafka, Christa Wolf, Thomas Bernhard, Elfriede Jelinek, and Herta Müller and has supervised extended essays on contemporary and transnational literature in German.

Byron’s research focuses on modern Austrian and comparative literature. He has published articles on the Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard (1931-89), and is working on a monograph that re-evaluates the ongoing literary relevance of this author beyond his cultural moment in 1980s Vienna. His D.Phil research focused on questions of self-writing, narrative authority, and the functions of the theatre as an institution, comparing Bernhard’s works with authors such as Elfriede Jelinek, Angela Carter, J. M. Coetzee, and Timberlake Wertenbaker.

Publications:

‘The Human behind the Hyperbole: Thomas Bernhard’s Self-Staging in Meine Preise, Ein Kind and Wittgensteins Neffe’, in Thomas Bernhard: Language, History, Subjectivity, ed. by Katya Krylova and Ernest Schonfield (Boston: Brill, 2023), pp. 293-306.

‘The Stains of Cultural Inheritance: Thomas Bernhard and Philip Roth’, in Thomas Bernhard’s Afterlives, ed. by Stephen Dowden, Olaf Berwald, and Gregor Thuswaldner (New York: Bloomsbury, 2020), pp. 97-116.

‘Topography of a Relationship: Thomas Bernhard’s Ein Kind’, in Heiko Berner, Photo- Illustrations for Thomas Bernhard’s ‘A Child’, ed. by Ernest Schonfield and Katya Krylova (Glasgow: University of Glasgow, 2019), pp. 41-49.

‘Art and Sociality in Thomas Bernhard’s Minetti, Der Theatermacher and Alte Meister’, Modern Language Review 105.1 (2010), 171-90.

Positions

  • Lecturer in German

Subjects

  • German
  • Modern Languages

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