Jacqueline M. Burek

Jacqueline M. Burek

Jacqueline M. Burek

Assistant Professor

Literature: Medieval literature; medieval historiography; translation; rhetoric; classical reception; Welsh and Celtic Studies

My research focuses on medieval historiography, particularly the ways in which medieval authors conceptualize and write about 'the past.' I work primarily on English, Latin, and Welsh historiography, from Bede to the Middle English Prose Brut. My current book project explores the relationship between medieval historiographical theory and literary form in the later Middle Ages. I argue that medieval historians embody their interpretations of political events and their understanding of temporality in literary form, and that as a result, they turn form into a means of meditating on the past. I am also currently working on the reception of Lucan among twelfth-century English historians, especially in the works of William of Malmesbury.

Grants and Fellowships

Fenwick Fellow, George Mason University (2018-2019)

Graduate Research Fellow, Wolf Humanities Center, University of Pennsylvania (2016-2017)

Fulbright-Aberystwyth University Award, US-UK Fulbright Commission (2014-2015)

Courses Taught

ENGH 203: Survey of Western Literary Traditions, I

ENGH 305: Dimensions of Writing and Literature

ENGH 309: Epic

ENGH 421: Memory and Identity in the Middle Ages

ENGH 422: Chaucer


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, English (2017)

B.A. (summa cum laude), Cornell University, Medieval Studies and Latin (2010)