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Jacqueline Marie Burek

2017 Ph.D. Graduate
Dissertation Advisor(s): Rita Copeland, Emily Steiner
"Mending a Broken Chain: Continuous History and Literary Form in England and Wales, 1125-1450"

Assistant Professor of Medieval Literature at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

Jacqueline Burek is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the relationship between literary form and historiographical theory in later medieval Britain. She is currently completing a dissertation that examines how historians in England and Wales used literary form to reflect on their conception of historical continuity. By juxtaposing a variety of forms in their works, medieval writers undermined the seeming uniformity and continuity of their narratives to open up space for political and literary commentary. Jacqueline was awarded a Fulbright postgraduate fellowship in AY 2014-2015 to conduct manuscript research at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth, Wales. Jacqueline has also been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship at the Penn Humanities Forum for AY 2016-2017. Her work has been published in Arthuriana.


BA (summa cum laude) in Medieval Studies and Latin, Cornell University, 2010

Naomi Mergenthal Memorial Scholarship, Cymdeithas Madog, 2010

Fulbright Postgraduate Fellowship, Aberystwyth University, 2014-2015

Graduate Research Fellowship, Penn Humanities Forum, 2016-2017


Academic interests: medieval historiography; form and genre in medieval Britain; the reception of classical and medieval Latin literature into English and Welsh; translation studies

Courses Taught

spring 2013

ENGL 104.403 The Twentieth Century