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Jacob Burg

Ph.D. – Fourth Year

B.A. in English, Boston College, 2012

Primary Advisor:

Professor David Sherman

Research Interests:

20th and 21st century American literature; narrative theory; neuroaesthetics; genre fiction


“Phenomenology in the Age of the Techno Narrative Singularity.” Cognitive Futures in the Arts and Humanities. Stony Brook University. June 2017.

“Reassembling Actor-Network Theory: Genre as Actant in Wallace Stegner’s Wolf Willow.” Northeast Modern Language Association Convention. March 2017.

"Reading Forgetful Minds: The Social Brain in Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant." The Humanities, the Neurosciences, and the Brain. Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, UC - Santa Barbara. May 2016.

"Disruptive Aesthetics in Faulkner and Hemingway's Hidden Anthropocene." MSA 17: Modernism & Revolution. Modernist Studies Association. November 2015.

"Ruptured History: Aesthetics of Violence in Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian." Violent Bodies. English Graduate Conference, The Ohio State University. October 2015.


Shirle Dorothy Robbins Creative Writing Prize, Brandeis University, 2015-16

Courses Taught:

UWS: The Western, Fall 2016 and Spring 2017

(TF) "Reading Screenplays" Prof. Jeronimo Arellano, Spring 2016

(TF) "Comedy: Literature, Film, and Theory" Prof. David Sherman, Fall 2015

Favorite Work:

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

"A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor