Martyn's major interests are 18th- and early 19th-century German literature and philosophy, literary and cultural theory, and constructions of linguistic and cultural identity in Germany from the late 18th century to the present. He has published numerous articles on German and French literature and philosophy of the romantic period and on literary theory. At Macalester, Martyn teaches courses in German language, German literature and culture from the 18th century to the present, and in philosophy and critical theory. EDUCATION: B.A., Yale University M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University Martyn has been teaching at Macalester since 2003.
The Average and the Picturesque: Stifter’s Statistical Poetics of Observation, Monatshefte (2013)
Figures of the Mean: Freedom, Progress, and the Law of Statistical Averages in Kleist’s “Allerneuester Erziehungsplan”, Germanic Review (2010)
Wertvoll sind die Fehllektüren: Zur Performativität der Edition [What’s worthwhile are the misreadings: On the performativity of the critical edition], Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für deutsche Philologie (2004)
Borrowed Fatherland: Nationalism and Language Purism in Fichte's Addresses to the German Nation, Germanic Review (1997)
Contributions to Books
Doubling Werther: 1774/1787 (with Christine Frey), The Sorrows of Young Werther, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (2012)
Moses Mendelssohn: Jerusalem, Kindlers Literatur Lexikon online (2012)