Nicole Burgoyne

Assistant Instructional Professor in Germanic Studies
Cobb 505
Office Hours: Mondays 4-5pm; Thursdays 10-11am; and by appointment
Education: Ph.D., Harvard University, 2016; A.B. University of Chicago, 2008
Teaching at UChicago since 2018
Research Interests: German Literature and Culture of the 20th Century, Socialist Realism, East Germany and the Cold War, the Emergence of Modernity in the Inter-War Years, Workers' Culture, Censorship and Dissent

I specialize in the cultural Cold War with emphasis on divided Germany and its place in the East Bloc. In addition to my focus on prose and film, I also work with news media, feuilleton, and political commentary from throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Other areas of expertise include oral tradition, folklore and mythology. 

Intellectual Profile

I regularly participate in conference proceedings such as the annual meetings of the Modern Language Association and the German Studies Association. I am a long-term member of the BTWH research network devoted to the Inter-War Years in Germany and Austria, whose most recent collaborative effort is The Red Vienna Sourcebook. 

I am currently working on an article on Georg Lukács’ literary criticism of Thomas Mann and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, which examines the breadth of Lukács aesthetics of Socialist Realism. I am also completing a pedagogically motivated research survey examining the use of German and English in workplaces in Germanophone Europe. This project involves interviewing graduates of our German program, as well as a questionnaire for potential employers. 

I have been the recipient of grants and other scholarships to complete research at the German National Archive, the German Literature Archive, the Archive of the German Federal Foundation for the Re-appraisal of the SED Dictatorship, as well the Memorial Library for the Victims of Socialism and Communism. She was also the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship completed in Vienna from 2008-2009. 

Work with Students

I am director of the University of Chicago’s chapter of SPARK, an afterschool tutoring program integrating German with STEM topics. Under my supervision, University of Chicago students lead sessions for students in local public schools. I also happily advise bachelor theses related to the late twentieth century to present. 


Selected Publications

  • The Svetlana Boym Reader edited by Cristina Vatulescu, Tamar Abramov, Nicole G. Burgoyne, Julia Chadaga, Jacob Emery, and Julia Vaingurt, New York: Bloomsbury Publishers, 2018. Please see here for the UChicago library record.
  • “What Is and to What End Does One Study GDR Literature?” by Wolfgang Emmerich, translated and with an introduction by Nicole Burgoyne and Andrew Hamilton. PMLA May 2018. Available [online] here.
  • Archival Sources for the Study of Samizdat in the GDR,” The Handbook of Cultural Opposition and its Heritage in Eastern Europe, edited by Balázs Apor (Budapest: Akadémiai kiadó): 429-433. Available [online] here.
  • The Red Vienna Sourcebook, forthcoming in 2020. Chapters on “Antisemitism,” “Jewish Life and Culture,” and “Freudo-Marxism” co-edited and translated by Nicole Burgoyne. Please see here for the English edition and here for the German.
  •  “Orality and Social Memory in Nabokov’s Lolita,” forthcoming in 2020 with Oral Tradition
  • "Low Art and the Nuclear Threat: Mabuse After the Second World War" accepted to an edited volume organized under the auspices of the BTWH research network.


GRMN 21803 Arbeitskulturen: Trends in the German Speaking Working World

GRMN 20100 Märchen
GRMN 21503 Film: Alltag und Verbrechen in Ostdeutschland

GRMN 22320 Das magische Wort: Knights and Nuns in the Middle Ages

GRMN 33333 German for Reading and Research

GRMN 21603 Drama: Brecht, Müller, und das Individuum im Klassenkampf

GRMN 21103 Erzaehlen vom Zweiten Weltkrieg: Vier Austorinnen aus Österreich und Deutschland

GRMN 20300 Kurzprosa aus dem 20. Jahrhundert: Sozialistischer Aufbau und Dissens in der DDR

GRMN 20300: Massenkultur der 1920er und 1930er Jahre: Feuilleton aus Österreich und Deutschland

GRMN 20200: Grünes Deutschland