Douglas Burger

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Chaucer
  • Medieval literature and history
  • Fantasy literature
  • Masculinity studies


  • Ph.D., Lehigh University, 1966
  • M. A. , Lehigh University, 1962
  • B. A., Colorado State College, 1959



  • With Paul M. Levitt and Elissa S. Guarlnick, Weighty Words, Too. Univ. of New Mexico Press, 2008 (children’s book)
  • With Paul M. Levitt and Elissa S. Guralnick, The Weighty Word Book. Bookmakers Guild, 1985. Rpt. Manuscripts Ltd., 1990. Rev. ed. The Court Wayne Press, 2000 (children’s book)


  • “The Cosa Impossibile of Il Filocolo and the Impossible of The Franklin’s Tale.”
  • Chaucer and the Craft of Fiction. Ed. Leigh Arathrow. Solaris Press, 1986, 165-78
  • “The Uses of the Past in The Lord of the Rings.” Kansas Quarterly 16, 3 (Summer 1984): 23-28
  • “Tolkien’s Elvish Craft and Frodo’s Mithril Coat.” The Scope of the Fantastic, Vol. I. Westport, CT, 1984, 255-62
  • “The Book of the Dun Cow”; “Animal Farm.” A Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature. Ed. Frank N. Magill. Los Angeles, 1983, 149-53, 45-47
  • “Deluding Words in The Merchant’s Tale.” Chaucer Review 12 (Fall 1977): 103-8
  • “Volume-Year Correspondence Chart for Periodicals.” A Manual of the Writings in
  • Middle English: 1050-1500. Ed. J. Burke Severs. New Haven, 1967, 175-98

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Boulder Faculty Assembly Award for Excellence in Service, 2009
  • Robert L. Stearns Award, CU Alumni Association, 2009
  • US West Dex Excellence in Education Award, 1998
  • Mortar Board Professor Recognition Awards, 1992, 1993, 1997
  • Student Office of Alumni Relations (SOAR) Teaching Award, CU Boulder, 1996
  • Presidential Teaching Scholar, CU Boulder, 1989-present
  • Boulder Faculty Assembly Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1987
  • Arts and Sciences Advising Award, CU Boulder, 1983
  • Outstanding Teacher Award (Student Development Foundation), CU Boulder 1967

Current Projects

  • A book on the cultural implications of Northumbrian saint legends, 6th-9th centuries
  • With Paul M. Levitt and Elissa S. Guralnick, More Weighty Words (children’s book)