Priscilla Layne

May Mergenthaler

May Mergenthaler is Associate Professor for German Literature and Culture at the Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio, and 2020-22 also Research Fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation in Germany.

Her current research focuses on the function of light in the emergence of modern, 18th-century poetry, and on contemporary literary criticism, with a focus on the lyric.

Other research and teaching interests include contemporary literary criticism, literary theory, environmental humanities, Early German Romanticism, female authorship, and the cultural public sphere.


Winter 2021 (Issue 16), a mere house cat