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Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry


Nicholas Boyle FBA was elected to the Schröder Professorship at the
Department of German and Dutch of Cambridge University in 2006. He has a particular interest in German literature and thought of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and especially in Goethe, and in the relation between religion and literature. He joined the VHI advisory board in 2014.

Professor Boyle has published two volumes of his prizewinning biography, Goethe: the Poet and the Age and is currently working on the third and (he hopes) last. In 2000 Professor Boyle was awarded the Goethe Medal of the Goethe-Institut. In 2001 he was elected to the British Academy. His wide interests in European literature, philosophy, theology, and politics are reflected in his book of essays, Who Are We Now? published in 1998, and in Sacred and Secular Scriptures: A Catholic Approach to Literature, published in 2005.  His German Literature. A Very Short Introduction was published in 2008, and 2014 - How to Survive the Next World Crisis (Continuum Books), a brief study of the current political and economic moment in history, was published in 2010.

Emeritus Schröder Professor of German, University of Cambridge
Fellow of Magdalene College
 Nicholas  Boyle



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