Assistant Professor of German


  • Office Hours:

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor of German
  • Concentration:

    • Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth Century German Literature, Art History, Religious Studies
  • Department:

    • Languages, Literatures and Culture
  • Education:

    • Phd, University of Chicago


Peter Erickson is an Assistant Professor of German at Colorado State University.  His research focuses on the intersection of literature, art, and religion in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries.  For his dissertation at the University of Chicago, “Religious Conversion in the Late German Enlightenment: Goethe, Schiller, Wieland,” he used archival research to show how narratives of religious conversion helped shape the development of the modern novel.

More recently, he has published on German colonialism, French Romantic painting, German architecture theory, and the history of gift-giving.

Prior to joining Colorado State, he served as Visiting Assistant Professor of German at Oakland University in Michigan (2014-2016).

His research has been supported by the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Recent courses include:

  • LGER 251: "The Holocaust in Literature and Film"
  • LGER 310: "Dangerous Minds: Criminal Narrators in German Literature"
  • LGER 313: "Introduction to German Translation"
  • LGER 452: "Race and Empire: Colonial Encounters in German Literature"
  • LGER 492: "The City and Modern Life"


- "From Trump to Trudeau, the escalator is favorite symbol of political campaigns." The Conversation (Published: October 30, 2020) Link here. 

- “Vergiftete Gaben: Violating the Laws of Hospitality in ETA Hoffmann’s Das Fräulein von Scuderi,” In Christopher Clason (Ed.), Transgressive Romanticism: Liverpool University Press, pp. 45-64 (Published: December 2018).

-"The Primitive Hut: Hegel and the Origins of Architecture." Seminar: A Journal of German Studies, 55(3), pp. 229-250. (Published: September 2019)

- "Uncanny Prosthetics: Wounded Bodies in the Lithographs of Théodore Géricault." In Christopher Clason and Michael Demson (Ed.), Romantic Automata: Exhibitions, Figures, Organisms.: Rutgers University Press, pp. 51-86. (Published: April 2020)

- "Performing Empire: Theater and Colonialism in Caroline Link’s Nirgendwo in Afrika." TRANSIT: A Journal of Travel, Migration, and Multiculturalism in the German-Speaking World, 12(2).  Link here.

- "Die Inszenierung von Konversion: Friedrich Schillers Der Geisterseher." In Figuren der Konversion, ed. Winfried Eckel and Niklas Wegmann (Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh Verlag, 2014).

- "Proselytenmacherey durch Aberglauben: Religiöse Bekehrung und Empirische Psychologie in den Schriften Jakob Friedrich Abels." In Edward Gibbon im deutschen Sprachraum: Spurenlesen und Bausteine einer Rezeptionsgeschichte, ed. Till Kinzel and Cord-Friedrich Berghahn. (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag, 2015). Special issue, Germanisch-Romanische Monatsschrift.

- “Adapting Christian Tragedy for the Enlightenment Stage: Lessing’s Hamburgische Dramaturgie (1767-1769).” Lessing Yearbook 42 (2015): 125-150.

- "'Ist es rathsam Missethäter durch Geistliche [...] zur Hinrichtung begleiten zu lassen?' Gotthilf Samuel Steinbart’s Critique of Pietist Conversion." In Religion und Aufklärung, ed. Albrecht Beutel (Tübingen: Verlag Mohr Siebeck, 2016), 243-253.


  • LGER 201: “Intermediate German”

  • LGER 452: “German Science Fiction”