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, Mending a Broken Chain: Continuous History and Literary Form in England and Wales, 1125-1450, 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

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

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

Courses Taught

ENGH 421: Memory and Identity in the Middle Ages

ENGH 305: Dimensions of Writing and Literature


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, English (2016)

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