Judith Ryan

Judith RyanIn human chemistry, Judith Ryan (1943-) is an Australian-born German-educated American German literature and languages scholar noted for []

In 1982, Ryan, in her “Elective Affinities: Goethe and Henry James”, was the first to point out a connection between Goethe’s Elective Affinities and Henry James’ 1904 The Golden Bowl, both written by authors aged 60, lead character having the Charlotte name, both treatises on the nature of adultery, among other commonalities. [2] Joseph O'Leary expanded on this Goethe-James overlap further in his 2005 article "Goethe in The Golden Bowl". [3]

In 1988, Ryan was the English translator of the American Suhrkamp edition of Goethe’s works.

In 2009, Ryan argued that Ottilie’s Tagebuch is a hybrid between an older tradition of bookkeeping and an emerging tradition of psychological reflection. [4]

Ryan has also written on Gunter Grass.

Ryan completed her BA at Sydney University, Australia, and her PhD at the University of Munster, Germany. In 1983, she was a professor of German literature at Smith College, Massachusetts. Ryan currently is department chair and professor of Germanic languages and literatures at Harvard University.

1. Goethe, Johann. (1988). Elective Affinities (translated by Judith Ryan, pgs. 89-; translators note, pg. 91; Elective Affinities End Notes, pg. 282-); in Volume XI of the American Suhrkamp edition of Goethe’s works; Princeton University Press, 1995.
2. Ryan, Judith (1982). “Elective Affinities: Goethe and Henry James” (abs), Goethe Yearbook, 1:153-71.
3. (a) O’Leary, Joseph S. (2005). “Goethe in ‘The Golden Bowl’”, Essays on Literary and Theological Themes, Jun 22.
(b) The Golden Bowl – Wikipedia.
4. (a) Ryan, Judith. (2009). “Pfeile mit Widerhaden’: On the Aphorisms in Goethe’s Wahlverwandschaften und Wanderjahre”, Goethe Yearbook, 16: 2-3.
(b) Author. (2010). “Article” (pg. 200), Goethe’s Yearbook, 17.

Further reading
● Ryan, Judith. (1983). “Views from the Summerhouse: Goethe’s Wahlverwandtschaften and its Literary Successors”, in: Goethe’s Narrative Fiction: the Irving Goethe Symposium, Volume 1982 (pgs. 145-). W. de Gruyter.

External links
Judith Ryan (faculty) – Harvard University.
Ryan, Judith (1943-) – WorldCat Identities.

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