About Me

My name is Laya ByrnZhan. I am (at the time of writing) a first-year student at Davidson college. I first became interested in Weimar Germany while watching the old black-and-white movies of the period: Metropolis, Pandora’s Box, Doctor Mabuse, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Despite the fact that my project began and ended with art, social science is my greatest interest. Specifically, I am interested in the situations of the minorities and the oppressed, and the often contradictory forms of oppression found in history. In contrast, I find art a challenge to analyze. A graphic novel strikes a balance between art and literature. Analyzing Berlin allowed me to step lightly outside my comfort zone: I was allowed to go through the familiar process of looking for devices within a work, although the devices themselves were different.