Elystan Griffiths is a Senior Lecturer in German at the University of Birmingham. He wrote his PhD on political themes in the work of Heinrich von Kleist. His published books include a monograph on Heinrich von Kleist (Camden House, 2005), an edited journal issue on Performance and Performativity in Heinrich von Kleist (2011) and a scholarly edition of J.M.R. Lenz's writings on social reform (with David Hill, 2007). He is currently working on a monograph about pastoral in the eighteenth century.