Peter J. Burgard

Peter Burgard is Professor of German at Harvard, where he just completed what he’d like to think of as his first quarter-century on the faculty. He teaches the Cultural and Political History of Munich from its founding to the present; Early Modern German Cultural History; European Baroque Art and Literature; the Age of Goethe; Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, and the Ethics of Atheism; individual seminars on Goethe, Nietzsche, Freud, and Thomas Mann; Sexuality, Gender, and Language in Fin-de-siècle Literature and Art; and a Freshman Seminar called “Literal Looking: What We See in Art.” He is the founding director of the Harvard Summer Program in Munich, which he has conducted since 2003.

He writes on poetry, drama, narrative, and the essay, on painting, sculpture, and architecture, and on intellectual history, all ranging, in various combinations, from the 16th to the 20th century, and 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.