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Dr. Simon Ryan

Dr Simon Ryan

German Programme

Dr Simon Ryan teaches courses in German language, literature, European Studies, German cinema and digital culture. He studied German language and literature at the universities of Auckland, Tübingen, Graz and Cambridge. His recent publications include two books on the contemporary Austrian author and photographer Gerhard Roth, and articles on the spatiality and political economy of computer games; on neoliberalism and the fate of collectives in recent German cinema; assimilation in Kafka's 'The Metamorphosis' and on the international reception of 'The Metamorphosis'. He is currently investigating the aesthetic, intellectual, cultural and historical concepts and assumptions that constitute the organising principles of Roth’s second narrative cycle Orkus.

Email: simon.ryan@otago.ac.nz
Phone: +64 3 479 8691
Office: Arts 3N4

Current/Recent Postgraduate Supervision

PhD:

Peter Barton (Languages and Cultures – German: co-supervision). Vocal texts: voice as productive obstruction in the early prose of Thomas Bernhard (2015)
Jeannie Carey (Languages and Cultures – German and Art History: co-supervision) Animal Images - Franz Marc
Alexandra Dumitrescu (Languages and Cultures – French) Towards A Metamodern Literature (completed 2014)
Lin Zeng (Languages and Cultures – Chinese: co-supervision). Rewriting in Literary Translation (completed 2014)
Anita Perkins (Languages and Cultures - German) Travel Texts and Moving Cultures (completed 2013)
Margi MacMurdo-Reading (Languages and Cultures - German) Surveillance in Visual Culture (completed 2013)
Garth Cartwright (co-supervision with Media, Film and Communication) The Films of David Lynch (completed 2012)


MA:

Tama Braithewaite-Westoby (Languages and Cultures - German) The Grimms’ Kinder- und Hausmärchen and the Discourse of Modernity (2015)
Natasha Stillman (Languages and Cultures, German) The Leipziger Notenspur as a UNESCO World Heritage Project (2015)
Kevin Fletcher (Languages and Cultures - German) Neoliberalism and Border Crossings in Recent German Cinema (2013)MSciComm thesis, Max Segal (Master of Science Communication) Werner Herzog’s Science Films (2011)


Research Proposals Welcome in:

C20th and C21st German and Austrian literature, German cinema, digital and screen culture, comparative literature

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Publications

Ryan, S. (2015). «Damals im Kino ...»: Re-reading Peter Handke's cinephilia. Cinéphilie: Augenblick: Konstanzer Hefte zur Medienwissenschaft, 64, 61-71.

Ryan, S. (2014). Writing a counter-history: Velázquez, Pessoa and the Habsburg world in Gerhard Roth's Das Labyrinth (2005). In A. Corkhill & A. Lewis (Eds.), Intercultural encounters in German studies. (pp. 139-156). St. Ingbert, Germany: Röhrig Universitätsverlag.

Ryan, S. (2014). The threatened end of digital sharing: A dissociated milieu? MEDIANZ, 14(2), 73-84. doi: 10.11157/medianz-vol14iss2id99

Ryan, S. (2012). Nachrichten aus der filmästhetischen Antike: Alexander Kluges Vermittlungsversuch zwischen Begriff und Anschauung. In F. von Franciszek Grucza & J. Zhu (Eds.), Akten des XII. Germanistenkongresses der IVG Warschau 2010: Vielheit und Einheit der Germanistik weltweit (Publikationen der Internationalen Vereiningung für Germanistik [IVG] ), Band 10. (pp. 149-154). Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Peter Lang. [Full Paper]

Ryan, S. (2014, November). Austria-Yugoslavia-Germany: ‘der Muttermund’ and the quest for originary language in the work of Peter Handke. Verbal presentation at the German Studies Association of Australia Conference: Das Fremde und das Eigene/The Self and the Other Program, Sydney, Australia.

Authored Book - Research

Ryan, S. C. (2003). Gerhard Roth and the Graz literary revival: The emergence of an Austrian author. Dunedin: University of Otago, 217p.

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Edited Book - Research

Ryan, S. (Ed.). (2009). Gespräche mit Gerhard Roth: Das Frühwerk bis zum Landläufigen Tod (A dialogue with Gerhard Roth: From the early works to Landläufiger Tod]. Otago German Studies, A. Obermayer (Ed.), (Vol. 24) [Edited and Translated by Simon Ryan]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Languages and Cultures, University of Otago, 231p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Ryan, S. (2014). Writing a counter-history: Velázquez, Pessoa and the Habsburg world in Gerhard Roth's Das Labyrinth (2005). In A. Corkhill & A. Lewis (Eds.), Intercultural encounters in German studies. (pp. 139-156). St. Ingbert, Germany: Röhrig Universitätsverlag.

Ryan, S. (2012). A selective survey of the reception of The Metamorphosis. In J. Whitlark (Ed.), Critical insight The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. (pp. 99-116). Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.

Ryan, S. (2011). Mission, reservation and recognition in the work of W.A. Collis. In A. Wanhalla & E. Wolf (Eds.), Early New Zealand photography: Images and essays. (pp. 53-59). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Ryan, S. (2010). Transl(oc)ating the player: Are some computer- and video-game players also unpaid workers in the information economy? In C. Prentice, V. Devadas & H. Johnson (Eds.), Cultural transformations: Perspectives on translocation in a global age. (pp. 307-320). Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Nicholls, B., & Ryan, S. (2008). Gameplay as thirdspace. In M. Swalwell & J. Wilson (Eds.), The pleasures of computer gaming: Essays on cultural history, theory and aesthetics. (pp. 167-190). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Ryan, S. (2010). Franz Kafka's Die Verwandlung: Transformation, metaphor and the perils of assimilation. In H. Bloom (Ed.), Franz Kafka. (New ed.) (pp. 197-216). New York: Bloom's Literary Criticism.

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Journal - Research Article

Ryan, S. (2015). «Damals im Kino ...»: Re-reading Peter Handke's cinephilia. Cinéphilie: Augenblick: Konstanzer Hefte zur Medienwissenschaft, 64, 61-71.

Ryan, S. (2014). The threatened end of digital sharing: A dissociated milieu? MEDIANZ, 14(2), 73-84. doi: 10.11157/medianz-vol14iss2id99

Ryan, S. (2007). Franz Kafka's Die Verwandlung: Transformation, metaphor, and the perils of assimilation. Seminar, 43(1), 1-18.

Ryan, S. (2006). Literacy and the 'cybertextual machine'. Analele Universitatii Stefan cel Mare Suceava, 12(1), 9-18.

Ryan, S. C. (1998). 'Justiz' and 'Verbrechen' in Gerhard Roth's Am Abgrund and Der Untersuchungsrichter. Seminar, 34(4), 388-409.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Ryan, S. (2012). Nachrichten aus der filmästhetischen Antike: Alexander Kluges Vermittlungsversuch zwischen Begriff und Anschauung. In F. von Franciszek Grucza & J. Zhu (Eds.), Akten des XII. Germanistenkongresses der IVG Warschau 2010: Vielheit und Einheit der Germanistik weltweit (Publikationen der Internationalen Vereiningung für Germanistik [IVG] ), Band 10. (pp. 149-154). Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Peter Lang. [Full Paper]

Ryan, S. (2011). Kluge, Eisenstein and Marx: Filming Das Kapital. In E. Todd, C. Da Gama, E. Pullar & H. Radner (Eds.), Creative Imitations and Appropriations: From Cinematic Adaptations to Re-makes Research Colloquium: Selected Refereed Papers. (pp. 59-67). Dunedin, New Zealand: Centre for Research on National Identity. [Full Paper]

Ryan, S. (2009). Neoliberalism and the fate of the collective in recent German cinema. In H. Radner & P. Fossen (Eds.), Remapping Cinema, Remaking History: Proceedings of the XIVth Biennial Conference of the Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand (Vol. 2: Selected Refereed Papers). (pp. 118-131). Dunedin, New Zealand: Centre for Research on National Identity, University of Otago. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Ryan, S. (2012). Mobility, memory and dwelling in the photo-notebooks of Gerhard Roth. Proceedings of the Inaugural Travel Research Network Conference: Travel Ideals: Engaging with Spaces of Mobility. Retrieved from http://www.travelresearchnetwork.com/program.html

Ryan, S. (2010). „Nachrichten aus der filmästhetischen Antike“: Alexander Kluges Vermittlungsversuch zwischen Begriff und Anschauung. In E. Bartoszewicz, M. Płużyczka & J. Zając (Eds.), Internationale Vereinigung für Germanistik (IVG) XII Congress: Vielheit und Einheit der Germanistik Weltweit. (pp. 156). Warsaw, Poland: University of Warsaw. [Abstract]

Ryan, S. (2008). The fate of the collective in recent German cinema. In C. Fowler & R. Simmons (Eds.), Proceedings of the XIVth Biennial Conference of the Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand (Vol. 1: Refereed Abstracts). (pp. 65). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Film, Media and Communication, University of Otago. [Abstract]

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Ryan, S. (2014, November). Austria-Yugoslavia-Germany: ‘der Muttermund’ and the quest for originary language in the work of Peter Handke. Verbal presentation at the German Studies Association of Australia Conference: Das Fremde und das Eigene/The Self and the Other Program, Sydney, Australia.

Ryan, S. (2012, December). ‘Falada, Falada’: The screen life of a broken contract. Verbal presentation at the 16th Biennial Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand (FHAANZ) Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Ryan, S. (2008, October). "No way out of the supermarket...": Neoliberalism, neoconservatism, and the fate of collectives in recent German cinema. Verbal presentation at the Thirty-Second German Studies Association Annual Conference, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Ryan, S. (2007, November). The frame and the future: The programme of photography in the work of Taranaki photographer W. A. Collis. Verbal presentation at the Cultural Transformations Research Network Annual Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Ryan, S. (2007, December). Mission, reservation and the programme of photography in the work of W. A. Collis (1853-1920). Verbal presentation at the Rise of New Zealand Photography Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Ryan, S. (2007, February). Sighting the cyberwhale: An approach to new-media literacy. Verbal presentation at the MediaNZ Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Ryan, S. (2006, June). City space and 'molecular civil war': Reconceptualising the boundaries of the state. Plenary presentation at the On Space Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Ryan, S. (2006, June). Gameplay as thirdspace. Verbal presentation at the 56th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Dresden, Germany.

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