Dr. Sean Burt, Assistant Professor
Office: Minard 422A
Hello! I am an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in Religious Studies and English. My research interests are in ancient Jewish and Israelite literature, particularly in biblical Hebrew poetry and Persian Period Jewish literature. Much of my research investigates ancient literary form, especially the ways in which the ancient writers themselves engaged with poetic and narrative forms. I am also interested in poetics, reception of the Bible in literature, gender studies of the Hebrew Bible, and science fiction and horror fiction. Among the projects I am currently working on are: a collaborative project with Dr. Elaine James of St. Catherine University on biblical poets’ attitudes towards poetry, an essay on interconnections between Margaret Atwood’s poems and the Hebrew Bible, and a book project on the role of poetry in the Book of Ezekiel.
At NDSU, I teach courses in both Religious Studies (Hebrew Bible, World Religions, History of Judaism, New Testament) and English (Introduction to Poetry; The Bible as Literature; World Literature). I have also taught courses in the First-Year Writing Program and the University Honors Program.
- The Courtier and the Governor: Transformations of Genre in the Nehemiah Memoir. Journal of Ancient Judaism Supplements 17. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014.
- “‘This Is a Lamentation—It Has Become a Lamentation’: Subverting Genre in Ezekiel 19,” in Biblical Poetry and Art of Close Reading, Elaine James and Blake Couey, eds. Cambridge University Press, 2018.
- “‘Your Torah is My Delight’: Repetition and the Poetics of Immanence in Psalm 119.” Journal of Biblical Literature (forthcoming).
- “Essays on Isaiah 24-27, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi,” in “Covenant in the Persian Period,” Steven Schweitzer, ed. Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (forthcoming)