Talks / School Visits

Past talks are listed in the Archive.

Over the years I have given talks at various schools, including
  • Cheshire Academy
  • The Gunnery
  • Hotchkiss
  • Hyde
  • Pomfret
  • St. Paul’s
In additional to class visits, I have lectured on such topics as "Who Are the Greatest Writers of All Time?", "Why the Novel Matters?", "Why Real Men Can Love Jane Austen," "Dickens and the Art of the Novel," "The Genius of James Joyce," "The Greatness of Tolstoy," and "The Landscape of American Literature."
Contact me if interested in arranging a talk/school visit

2006

October 16th The Landscape of American Literature

The Gunnery
Initiating a Speaker Series, Professor Daniel Burt discusses the geography of American literature and insights he derived from his book, The Chronology of American Literature.

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Dr. Burt is a writer and college professor who teaches graduate literature courses at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. He received his B.A. from Colgate University, and his Ph.D. in English from New York University where he taught for a number of years before coming to Wesleyan. He is the author of a number of books, including The Novel 100, The Chronology of American Literature, The Biography Book, The Literary 100, and What Historical Novel Do I Read Next. He is currently at work on The Drama 100, a revision and expansion of The Literary 100 and is in the early stages of work on a book about modern Irish literature. He is the academic director of the Irish Academic Enrichment Workshops offered in Ireland throughout the year. Having been introduced to our community through his courses at Wesleyan where many of our faculty members pursue graduate degrees, Dr. Burt has visited before to engage the students of the Russian literature class about Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, and to lecture on the delights of reading Joyce and Dickens. When The Gunnery was looking for a speaker to stimulate the class discussions about Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorne followed by Mark Twain, we knew where to look. When we explained that our fall curriculum stressed the natural landscape and the history of the environment, Dr. Burt responded with the lecture title listed above. We expect a thoroughly engaging evening.