Assistant Professor (Ph.D. Duke)
British Romantic Literature
Office: Humanities, 216A
TEACHING AND INTERESTS
British Romantic Poetry and Prose; Victorian Poetry and the Novel; Literature and Science; Science and Technology Studies; Cinema and Media Studies; Digital Humanities.
Dr. Burkett's research and teaching interests center on the intersections among literature, science, and technology in the British Romantic era. His dissertation-to-book project, Romantic Uncertainty: The Idea of Chance in British Literature, Art, and Science, 1789-1859, examines issues of causality in nineteenth-century aesthetics and science, and his new book project, tentatively entitled Media & Information in the Age of British Romanticism, is an investigation of the relationship between Romantic imaginative literature and the world of new media dating from the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. He has published articles on topics ranging from the discourse of Malthusianism and the Victorian verse novel to early silent film and aesthetic theory.
Burkett is also currently at work on two digital humanities research projects. Collaborating with Union undergraduates as well as faculty at Wake Forest University, he has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to envision, design, and launch a period-based public humanities website, entitled The 18th-Century Common (http://www.18thcenturycommon.org/). This website currently serves as a resource for both scholars and enthusiasts of the science, technology, art, and literature of the long-eighteenth century. In a separate digital humanities research project funded by the National Science Foundation, he is collaborating with Computer Science faculty and undergraduate students at Union to produce a web-based tool that will allow scholars and students to experience the art and poetry of William Blake through non-linear reading methods.
"Mediating Monstrosity: Media, Information, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein." Studies in Romanticism; Winter, 2012.
"Wordsworthian Chance." Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net.; Issue 54; May, 2009. To read this article, click here.
"Victorian Tocophobia: Aurora Leigh and Nineteenth-Century Fears of Childbirth and Procreation." Nineteenth Century Studies. Vol. 21 (2007): 33-45.
"The Image Beyond the Image: G. W. Pabst's Pandora's Box (1929) and the Aesthetics of the Cinematic Image-Object." Quarterly Review of Film and Video. Vol. 24, No. 3 (May, 2007): 233-247.
Stephen Horne Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2006-2007. Duke University