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DegreesYale University, Ph.D.
Yale University, M.A.
Yale University, B.S.
ExpertiseAmerican literature. Romanticism. Composition. Philosophy of education. Literature of the American South. Poetry. Interested in American poetry, in the way it faces questions of transcendence and value, identity and morality.
ProfileExamining 19th-century political oratory, asking how a political culture founded on dealmaking and compromise comes to terms with conflicts over moral issues where dealmaking and compromise seem to be easily discredited strategies. Webpage
|ENG||1a||Introduction to Literary Studies|
|ENG||6a||American Literature in the Age of Lincoln|
|ENG||7a||American Literature from 1900 to 2000|
|ENG||10b||Poetry: A Basic Course|
|ENG||38b||Race, Region, and Religion in the Twentieth-Century South|
|ENG||46b||American Gothic Romantic Fiction|
|ENG||117b||Novels of William Faulkner|
|ENG||126a||American Realism and Naturalism, 1865-1900|
|ENG||166b||Whitman, Dickinson, and Melville|
|ENG||207b||Fiction of the American South|
|ENG||236a||American Poetry of the Nineteenth Century|
|ENG||266a||Slavery and the American Imagination|
|HUM||10a||The Western Canon|
Awards and Honors
Twenty Five Years of Service at Brandeis (2007)
Fellowship at the Newhouse Center for Humanities (2006)
Norman Grant (2006)
Ambassador Book Award, English-Speaking Union (1999)
Holman Prize, Society for the Study of Southern Literature, for The Collected Poems of Robert Penn Warren (1999)
Jules and Frances Landry Prize for The Collected Poems of Robert Penn Warren (1998)
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (1997)
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1997)
American Philosophical Society Grant (1996)
Mazer Grant (1996)
Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching (1994 - 1995)
Marver Bernstein Faculty Fellowship (1987)
Ingram Merrill Foundation Fellowship, to complete The Way Down (1986)
John A. Porter Fellowship (1982)
Mary Cady Tew Prize (1978)
C.B. Tinker Prize (1977)
Herson Scholarship (1977)
E.T. McLaughlin Prize (1976)
Burt, John. ""The Passing of the Armies" (poem)." Measure (2009). (forthcoming)
Burt, John. "The Nashville Fugitives." Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. 2009. (forthcoming)
Burt, John. "Purity, Panic, and Pasiphae in Brother to Dragons." Robert Penn Warren Studies (2005). (forthcoming)
Burt, John. "Robert Penn Warren." The Oxford Companion to American Literature., 2005 (forthcoming)
podcast: "A Lincoln for Our Time" New York Times Book Review podcast February 17, 2013. Burt, John. New York Times, 2013.
podcast: What Would Lincoln Do. Burt, John. WBUR's "On Point" with Tom Ashbrook, March 2, 2013, 2013.
Burt, John. "A Moral Evolution." Chicago Tribune, February 16, 2013 (2013): <http://articles.chicagotribune. com/2013-02-16/features/ct-prj-0217-lincoln-tragic-pragmatism-john-burt-2013021 1 emancipation-war-powers-slavery>.
Burt, John. "Edmargin 1.2." 2013 <ctan.tug.org>.
Burt, John. "Endheads 1.51." 2013 <ctan.tug.org>.
Burt, John. "Hypotaxis and Parataxis." The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. 4th ed. 2013.
Burt, John. "Poemscol (version 2.62." 2013 <ctan.tug.org>.
Burt, John. "The Agrarian Movement." Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. 4th ed. 2013.
Burt, John. "The Ever Deeper Ideal of Freedom." Harvard University Press blog (2013): <http://harvardpress.typepad.com/hup publicity/ 2013/02/the-ever-deeper-ideal-of-freedom-john-burt.html>.
Burt, John. "The Fugitive Circle." The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. 4th ed. 2013.
Burt, John. "The Promise of Equality." Harvard University Press blog (2013): <http://harvardpress.typepad.com/hup publicity/2013/ 02/the-promise-of-equality-john-burt.ht>.
Burt, John. Lincoln's Tragic Pragmatism. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013.
Burt, John. "Review of The Passage to Cosmos : Alexander von Humboldt and the shaping of America." Rev. of The Passage to Cosmos : Alexander von Humboldt and the shaping of America, by Walls, Laura Dassow. The Wordsworth Circle vol. vol.~42 no.~4 Autumn 2011: pp.~ 281-4..
Burt, John. "Edmargin: A Simple Design for Critical Editions with Multiple Endnote Series." 2009 <http://www.ctan.org>.
Burt, John. "Lincoln's Dred Scott: Contesting the Declaration of Independence." American Literary History special issue: Lincoln and Cultural Value 21. 4 (2009): 730--751.
Burt, John. "review of Selected Letters of Robert Penn Warren Vol.3: Triumph and Transition 1943--1952." Louisiana History 46. SUM-FAL (2008): 478-84.
Burt, John. "Purity, Panic and Pasiphae in Brother to Dragons." rWp: An Annual of Robert Penn Warren Studies 5. 1 (2007): 147--70.
Burt, John. "Robert Penn Warren's The Legacy of the Civil War and the Meaning of Pragmatism." American Literary History vol. 19. (2007): 964--996.
Burt, John. The Passing of the Armies (poem-- revised version) in H.R. Stoneback, ed., Homage to RPW: An Anthology of Poems of Robert Penn Warren. 2007. Roncesvaux Press, New Paltz, NY. (poem).
Burt, John. Victory. Cincinnati: Turning Point Press, 2007.
Burt, John. "Poemscol 2.52 Software for Typesetting Critical Editions of Poetry." 200
Burt, John. "Purity, Panic and Pasiphae in Brother to Dragons." Shawangunk Review xvii. 1 (2006): 4--23.
Burt, John. "Note on Uncertain Season in High Country." Southern Review 41. 2 (2005): 243--9.
Burt, John. "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Kingfish: essay-review of The Kingfish in Fiction by Keith Perry." Mississippi Quarterly 58. 4 (2005): 795--806.
Burt, John. "Using poemscol for Critical Editions of Poetry." The PracTeX Journal 5. (2005): <http://www.tug.org/pracjourn/>.
Burt, John. "Review of "Invisible Fences: Prose Poetry as a Genre in French and American Literature," by Steven Monte." Modern Philology 101. 3 (2004): 493-500.
Burt, John. "The Odyssey of Joel Barlow (Parts III, VI, and VII)." River City 4. 1 (2004): 27-33.
Burt, John. "1938," "Love and Fame," "What Ellen Said": republished in Words Brushed by Music: Selections from John Hopkins' Poetry and Fiction. John Hopkins University Press, 2004.
Burt, John. Selected Poems of Robert Penn Warren. Louisiana State University Press, 2001.
Burt, John. Victory at Sea: what are their names?. Edgewood, KY: R.L. Barth, 2001.
Burt, John. "Liberalism's Hope and Despair: Lincoln's Peoria Speech of 1854." Social Research 66. 2 (1999): 679-707.
Burt, John. After the Southern Renaissance. Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Burt, John. The Collected Poetry of Robert Penn Warren (A Critical Edition). Louisiana State University Press, 1998.
Burt, John. "Lincoln's Address to the Young Men's Lyceum: A Speculative Essay." Western Humanities Review 51. 3 (1997): 304-320.
Burt, John. Work Without Hope. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.
Burt, John. "Tyranny and Faction." The Federalist XIII. 2 (1993): 56-84.
Burt, John. "Learning to Write: The Narrative of Frederick Douglass." Western Humanities Review XLII. 4 (1988): 330-344.
Burt, John. Robert Penn Warren and American Idealism. Yale University Press, 1988.
Burt, John. The Way Down (Poems). Princeton University Press, 1988.
Burt, John. "Flannery O'Connor and What You Can't Talk About." Flannery O'Connor: Modern Critical Views. New Haven: Chelsea House, 1987. 125-143.