Chelsea Burk

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Curriculum Vitae: 

Chelsea D. Burk is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English and a member of the graduate certification program for Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies. Her dissertation focuses on the intersection of feminist theory and Levinasian ethics as they inform the ethical urgency that undergirds 20th-21st century documentary poetry. Her broader interests include feminist re-visions of narrative tropes in fiction and poetry. In "'We Are Alive': (Mis)Reading Joy Harjo's Noni Daylight as a Yellow Woman" (Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies 16.1 2014), Chelsea maps new contours of feminist survivance in the poetry of Joy Harjo and Leslie Marmon Silko. 


Chelsea teaches The Interpretation of Literature, a general education literature survey in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Past course themes include "Norms and Taboos," "Awkward Years and Growing Pains: The Coming-of- Age Story," and “Hardboiled Detectives, Hardcore Lawyers, and Hardened Criminals: The Witness and Crime in Literature." Chelsea was selected to share her commitment to pedagogy by the Department of English as a Program Associate for the 2015-16 Professional Development Colloquium. She served in a similar position in the Department of Rhetoric in 2013-14. Her broader teaching experience includes general education Rhetoric, in which she promoted community engagement through collaborating with the Iowa Digital Engagement and Learning (IDEAL) Initiative. You can find examples of her work with IDEAL here and her tutor profile for the university's Writing Center here