Peter J. Burgard

Peter J. Burgard

Professor of German
Faculty Associate of the Minda de Gunzburg 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.

Burgard teaches courses on Baroque Art and Literature, the Age of Goethe, the Ethics of Atheism, Nietzsche, Freud, Thomas Mann, Fin-de-siècle Literature and Art, and a series of courses entitled "Great Works, Short Texts" -- one on German poetry, one on German stories, and one on German theory/philosophy. 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.

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Contact Information

Barker Center 361
p: (617) 496-4922
Office Hours: On leave Fall 2021