Sean Burt, Adjunct Lecturer
Office: Morrill 203B
I've been at NDSU since Spring 2010. While here I've taught sections of ENGL 120 (Composition, II), 240 (World Literature Masterpieces), and 358 (Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences), in addition to courses in Religious Studies at NDSU and Concordia College. This academic year (2012-2013) I start a position as Lecturer in English and Religious Studies and I will be teaching 120 and 121 (Honors Composition), and, in the Spring, Religious Studies 220 (Old Testament/Hebrew Bible).
I have a PhD from Duke University in Religion and my own research interests are 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 nearly completed work on a book manuscript, entitled From Courtier to Governor: Transformations of Genre in the Nehemiah Memoir. It should be published this academic year (knock on wood). Additionally, I'm developing interests in 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 7 and 1 1/2. Also, my spouse, Julia Bowsher, is an Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences at NDSU. In my spare time I enjoy being a part-time aficionado of obsolete technologies, particularly vinyl records and 8-bit Mario games. Also, I love to talk books! Here are a few of my favorites:
David Mitchell - Cloud Atlas
Farid ud-Din Attar - The Conference of the Birds
Marilynne Robinson - Gilead
Fredric Jameson - The Political Unconscious
Osamu Tezuka - Buddha
Last but certainly not least, the Hebrew Bible! I'd actually recommend avoiding trying to slog through from the beginning. These are a few particularly great books: Job, Esther, Zechariah, Psalm 119, Nehemiah, Exodus.