Jacob Burg

Jacob BurgPhD - ABD
BA in English, Boston College, 2012

Primary Advisor

Professor Caren Irr

Research Interests

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


"Wallace Stegner’s Anthropocentric (Non)Self.” Wallace Stegner Symposium. Montana State University. May 9-11, 2019.

“Over-determined and Under-thought: The Heroic Function of Blackness in Stephen King’s Dark Tower.” Western Literature Assocation. Oct. 24-27, 2018

"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: When Fantasy Meets Reality, Spring 2018

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