Peter Burgard

Peter Burgard

Professor of German
Peter Burgard
  • Region(s): Germany; Europe
  • Time Period(s): 16th century; 17th century; 18th century; 19th century; 20th century
  • Theme(s): Poetry, Drama, Baroque Art and Architecture, Philosophy, Essay


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. Currently, he is working on a book on dissimulation and dislocation in Caravaggio.

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