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 Prof. Dr. Michael Burke

Why I work at UCR: The motivated and talented students, the small-scale classes, the dedicated and supportive colleagues, the liberal arts and sciences honors college environment, the wonderful setting.
What’s interesting about my discipline: Rhetoric is about language, discourse, education, citizenship, communication, literature, mind, brain and body. It is what students need to function as critical thinkers and ethical speakers/writers in society. Rhetoric offers students the tools to be successful in both college life and beyond in the workplace and the world.
 

Profile

Michael Burke is professor of rhetoric. He was appointed by Utrecht University in 2012. He got his PhD at the University of Amsterdam where he also did his undergraduate work. He is the rhetoric track coordinator and he teaches a number of modules across all levels in that track. He has taught at UCR since 2004. In that time he has served as head of department (two terms), director of the college teaching and learning centre and as founding chair of the college board of examiners. He has also served as the undergraduate research coordinator and as the college director of research. He is a founder and the director of Kairos a humanities research centre for rhetoric, discourse studies, communication, education and citizenship. He welcomes PhD proposals from potential doctoral candidates [m.burke@ucr.nl].

Professor Burke is also the current honours dean at Utrecht University and dean of the UU honours college. He is a former chair of the International Poetics and Linguistics Association and the former secretary of the Rhetoric Society of Europe. He was an honorary research fellow at the University of Glasgow (2010-2013) and a visiting fellow at the University of Heidelberg in 2013. He is a series editor for Routledge linguistics monographs. He is a member of numerous editorial, advisory and scientific boards. He holds both senior teaching and senior research qualifications (SKOs) from Utrecht University/UCR. He has published his research in numerous international peer-reviewed journals and has given many keynote and invited talks at universities across the world. His areas of interest include (i) literary discourse processing, (ii) rhetorical citizenship and pedagogy, (iii) embodied cognition, and (vi) persuasion in society.

Publications

2017

  • Troscianko, E. T. & Burke M. (2017). A window on to the landscape of cognitive literary science. In M. Burke and E. T. Troscianko, Cognitive Literary Science: Dialogues Between Literature and Cognition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 1-13.

  • Burke, M and Troscianko, E. T. eds. (2017) Cognitive Literary Science: Dialogues Between Literature and Cognition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2016

  • Burke, M., Kuzmičová, A., Mangen, A. and Schilhab, T. (2016). Empathy at the confluence of neuroscience and empirical literary studies. Scientific Study of Literature 6/1, pp. 6-41

  • Hartung, F., Burke, M., Hagoort, P. & Willems R. M. (2016) Taking Perspective: Personal Pronouns Affect Experiential Aspects of Literary Reading. PLoS ONE 11(5): e0154732. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0154732

  • Burke. M. (2016) Discourse Implicature, Quintilian and the Lucidity Principle:  Rhetorical Phenomena in Pragmatics. Topics in Linguistics, 17(1), pp. 1-16.

  • van den Hoven, E, Hartung, F, Burke, M and Willems, R M (2016) Individual Differences in Sensitivity to Style During Literary Reading: Insights from Eye-Tracking. Collabra, 2(1): p. 25 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/collabra.39

  • Burke, M. (2016) The oceanic literary reading mind: An impression, in Memory in the Twenty-First Century: New Critical Perspectives from the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences, ed. S. Groes. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 119-124.

  • Fialho, O, Zyngier, S, and Burke, M. (2016) Empirical approaches to the study of literature in learning environments: An overview. In M. Burke, O. Fialho and S. Zyngier Scientific Approaches to Literature in Learning Environments. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Press. pp. 1-16

  • Burke, M. Fialho, O. and Zyngier S. eds. (2016) Scientific Approaches to Literature in Learning Environments. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Press.

2015

  • Burke, M. (2015) ‘Literary linguistics’, in Exploring Language and Linguistics, eds. N. Braber, L. Cummings and L. Morrish, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 431-460.
  • Hochscheid, H. K. and Burke, M. (2015) ‘Retorisch lijden: Het geval Laocoön’, in Beïnvloeden met emoties. Pathos en retorica. Eds J. de Jong, C. Pieper en A. Rademaker. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 234-238
  • Burke, M. (2015) 'Unpacking and evaluating properties in conceptual metaphor domain mapping: Cognitive stylistics as a language learning tool'. In Literature and Language Learning in the EFL Classroom, eds M. Teranishi, Y. Saito and K. Wales. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.75-93.
  • Burke, M. (2015) ‘The neuroaesthetics of prose fiction: Pitfalls, parameters and prospects’, Front. Hum. Neurosci., 03 August 2015 | http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2015.00442

2014

  • Burke, M. ed. (2014). The Routledge Handbook of Stylistics. London: Routledge
  • Burke, M. (2014) ‘Stylistics: From Classical Rhetoric to Cognitive Neuroscience’, in M. Burke, ed. The Routledge Handbook of Stylistics. London: Routledge, pp. 1-7.
  • Burke, M. (2014), ‘Rhetoric and Poetics: The Classical Heritage of Stylistics’, in M. Burke, ed. The Routledge Handbook of Stylistics. London: Routledge, pp. 11-30.
  • Burke, M. and Evers, K., (2014). ‘Formalist Stylistics’, in M. Burke, ed. The Routledge Handbook of Stylistics. London: Routledge, pp. 31-44.

2013

  • Burke. M and Troscianko, E. T. (2013). ‘Explorations in Cognitive Literary Science’. Special Issue. Journal of Literary Semantics. 42/2.
  • Burke, M and Troscianko, E. T., (2013). ‘Mind, Brain, and literature: A Dialogue on What the Humanities Might Offer the Cognitive Sciences’. Journal of Literary Semantics, 42/2, pp. 141-148.
  • Burke, M., (2013). ‘The Rhetorical Neuroscience of Style: On the Primacy of Style Elements during Literary Discourse Processing’. Journal of Literary Semantics, 42/2, pp. 199-216.
  • Burke, M., (2013). Rhetorical Pedagogy: Shaping an Intellectually Critical Citizenry. Utrecht: Labor Grafimedia BV. (Published Inaugural Address,  January 23, 2013 – Utrecht University)

2012

  • Burke, M., et. al. eds. (2012). Pedagogical Stylistics: Current Trends in Language, Literature and ELT. London: Continuum Press.
  • Burke, M., (2012) ‘Systemic Stylistics: An Integrative, Rhetorical Method of Teaching and Learning in the Stylistics Classroom’. In M. Burke et. al eds. Pedagogical Stylistics: Current Trends in Language, Literature and ELT.: Continuum Press.
  • Burke, M., (2012). ‘Teaching Stylistics: An Overview’. In M. Burke et. al, eds. Pedagogical Stylistics: Current trends in language, literature and ELT. Continuum Press.
  • Burke, M. (2012). ‘Isocrates in Middelburg: An encomium on the pedagogical legacy of Han Adriaansens’. In H. Tak and B. Oomen, De Disciplines Voorbij. Middelburg: Roosevelt Academy, pp. 85-88.

2011

  • Burke, M., (2011) Literary Reading, Cognition and Emotion: An Exploration of the Oceanic Mind. New York: Routledge.

2010

  • Burke, M., (2010). ‘Cognitive Stylistics: History, Development and Current Applications’. Journal of Foreign Languages. Vol. 33/1, pp. 40-46.
  • Burke, M., (2010). ‘Rhetoric and Persuasion’. In P Hogan, ed. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 715-717.
  • Burke, M. (2010). ‘Issues in Pedagogical Stylistics’. Special Issue Language and Literature, 19/1
  • Burke, M. (2010). ‘Why care about Pedagogical Stylistics?’ Language and Literature. 19/1, pp 7-11.
  • Burke, M. (2010). ‘Rhetorical Pedagogy: Teaching Students how to write a Stylistics Paper’. Language and Literature. 19/1, pp 77-92.

2009

  • Burke, M. (2009). ‘Stylistics’. In K. Malmkjaer. Ed. The Routledge Linguistics Encyclopaedia. London: Routledge, pp. 526-532.

2008

  • Burke, M. (2008). ‘Advertising Aristotle: A Preliminary Investigation into the Contemporary Relevance of Aristotle’s Art of Rhetoric’. Foundations of Science, Springer, 13/3, pp. 295-305.
  • Burke, M. (2008). ‘How Cognition Can Augment Stylistic Analysis’. The European Journal of English Studies. Vol. 9.2, pp.185-96. Reprinted in Recent Developments in Western Stylistics. 2008 Ed. Dan Shen. Shanghai, China: Shanghai Foreign Languages Education Press.

2007

  • Burke, M. (2007) ‘Progress is a Comfortable Disease: Cognition in a Stylistic Analysis of e.e.cummings’. In M. Lambrou and P. Stockwell, eds. Contemporary Stylistics. London: Continuum, 2007, pp. 144-155.

2006

  • Burke, M. (2006) ‘Cognitive Stylistics’. In K. Brown, (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Language and Linguistics. (2nd edn.). Amsterdam, Elsevier, pp. 218-221.
  • Burke, M., (2006). ‘Emotion in Stylistics’. In K. Brown, (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Language and Linguistics. (2nd edn.), Amsterdam, Elsevier, pp. 127-129.

2005

  • Burke, M. (2005) ‘How Cognition Can Augment Stylistic Analysis’. The European Journal of English Studies, Vol. 9.2, pp.185-96.

2004

  • Burke, M., (2004) ‘Cognitive Stylistics in the Classroom: A Pedagogical Account’, Style (39):1, pp. 491-510.

2003

  • Burke, M., (2003) ‘Literature as Parable’. In J. Gavins and G. Streen, eds. Cognitive Poetics in Practice. London: Routledge, pp. 115-128.
  • Burke, M. (2003). ‘Beyond Pure Reason: The Role of Emotion in Language and Cognition’. Belgian Journal of Language and Literature, vol. 1, pp. 31-40.

2002

  • Burke, M., (2002). ‘The Emotive Challenge to Cognitive Poetics’, in S Csábi and J, Zerkowitz, eds. Textual Secrets: The Message of the Medium (The proceedings of the 21st PALA Conference, April 12-15 2001), Budapest: Eötvös Loránd University Press, pp.189-195.
  • Burke, M. and J, Goggin, eds. (2002). Meaning, Frame and Metaphor: Travelling Concepts II. Amsterdam: ASCA Press,
  • Burke, M., (2002). ‘Mind, Mood and Metaphor’, in M. Burke and J. Goggin, eds. Meaning, Frame and Metaphor: Travelling Concepts II. Amsterdam: ASCA Press, 2002, pp. 391-409.

2001

  • Burke, M., (2001). ‘Visual text and affectivity’. In J. Goggin and S, Neef, eds. Travelling Concepts I. Amsterdam: ASCA Press, 2001, pp. 78-87.
  • Burke, M. (2001). ‘Iconicity and Literary Emotion’. European Journal of English Studies, Vol 1, pp. 31-46.
  • Burke, M. (2001). ‘A Cognitive and Emotive Reappraisal of Conflicting Views on Literariness’, in I.  Biermann and A. Combrink eds. Poetics, Linguistics and History: Discourses of War and Conflict, Potchefstroom, S.A.: University of Potchefstroom Press.

2000

  • Burke, M. (2000). ‘Distant Voices: The Dynamism of Yeats’ Dialogic Verse’. In T. Bex, M. Burke and P. Stockwell, eds. Contextualised Stylistics. Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, pp. 85-102.
  • Bex, T., Burke. M. and Stockwell, P. eds. (2000). Contextualised Stylistics. Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi.

Courses

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Rhetoric

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E-mail: m.burke@ucr.nl