Peter J. Burgard

Peter J. Burgard

Professor of German
Director of Graduate Studies
Faculty Associate of the Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies
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Professor Burgard studied at The Johns Hopkins University (B.A.) and at the Universities of Cologne, Bonn, and Virginia (M.A., Ph.D.). He writes on poetry, drama, narrative, and the essay, on painting, sculpture, and architecture, and on intellectual history, ranging from the 16th to the 20th century. His publications include studies of Luther, Caravaggio, Bernini, Opitz, Fleming, Gryphius, Hoffmannswaldau, Grimmelshausen, Asam, Goethe, Herder, Lessing, Nietzsche, Ibsen, Mann, Kafka, Adorno, Miller, and Warhol. His teaching includes courses on the Cultural and Political History of Munich, Early Modern German Cultural History, Baroque Art and Literature, Goethe, the Age of Goethe, the Ethics of Atheism, Nietzsche, Freud, and Fin-de-siècle Literature and Art. In addition, in his course on Advanced Grammar and Reading, he teaches undergraduates and graduate students how to read sophisticated German literary and philosophical texts with precision.

Additional information, including a select bibliography, is available at

Courses 2019-2020
German 61. Advanced Grammar and Reading
German 210. Baroque
German Philology 261: Advanced Reading and Grammar for Graduate Students


Contact Information

Barker Center 361
p: 617-496-4922

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