John Lyon

School Chair, Charles Smithgall Jr. Institute Chair, and Professor of German

Member Of:
  • School of Modern Languages
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John Lyon's research and teaching interests include German literature, philosophy, and culture of the 18th and 19th centuries. He is the author of two monographs: Crafting Flesh, Crafting the Self: Violence and Identity in Early 19th Century German Literature (2006), and Out of Place: German Realism, Displacement, and Modernity (2013); and co-editor of two volumes: Theodor Fontane in the Twenty-First Century (2019) and Gender, Collaboration, and Authorship in German Culture: Literary Joint Ventures, 1750-1850 (2019).

Lyon's articles have appeared in top journals in his field, including Colloquia GermanicaEighteenth-Century StudiesGerman Life and LettersGoethe Yearbook, and Literature and Medicine.

He is the editor of the New Studies in the Age of Goethe book series with Bucknell University Press and co-founder and past chair of the Humanities Council at the University of Pittsburgh.

His current project is a monograph on transnationalism in 19th-century European adultery novels.


Research Fields:
  • German


  • GRMN-3024: Conversation&Composition
  • GRMN-6510: Language Practicum