Sean Burt, Assistant Professor
Office: Minard 316J
As of Jan. 2014, I am an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in Religious Studies and English. Though I'm just now starting a new position, I've been teaching at NDSU in various capacities since Spring 2010. I teach ENGL 120 (Composition, II), 121 (Honors Composition, II), 231 (Bible as Literature), 240 (World Literature Masterpieces), and 358 (Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences). Additionally, I teach courses in Religious Studies (Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Introduction to Religion, New Testament).
I have a PhD from the Graduate Program in Religion at Duke University. My own research interests lie in Hebrew Bible and and ancient Jewish literature, as well as in the study of genre, narrative theory, and, more broadly, religion and literature. I have recently completed a book manuscript, entitled The Courtier and the Governor: Transformations of Genre in the Nehemiah Memoir, which is slated to be published in early 2014.
Additionally, I'm developing interests in Hebrew poetry, science fiction, world literatures, and religion and science, and would love to chat (or learn!) about any of these things, too.
I have two lively and joyful daughters, ages 8 and 3. Also, my spouse, Julia Bowsher, is an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at NDSU. In my spare time I enjoy being an amateur aficionado of obsolete technologies, particularly vinyl records, 8-bit Mario games, and, well, books! I love to talk books—here are a few favorites that have been on my mind recently:
Farid ud-Din Attar - The Conference of the Birds
Robert Alter – The Art of Hebrew Poetry
Philip K. Dick – The Man in the High Castle
Clarice Lispector – The Passion according to G.H.
Helen DeWitt - The Last Samurai
Last but certainly not least, the Hebrew Bible! I'd actually recommend not trying to wade through the Bible from the beginning. Instead, take a look at one of these particularly great books: Job, Esther, Zechariah, Song of Songs, Nehemiah, Lamentations, Exodus.