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Dan Burns

Instructor in English
Alamance Building 309C
2338 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
dburns2@elon.edu (336) 278-5814

Employment History

Instructor in English, Elon University

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of English, UNC-Greensboro (2008-2013)

Adjunct Instructor in English, Elon University (2006-2008; 2012-2013)

Visiting Instructor of English and Communication Studies, Greensboro College (2003-2006)

Instructor of English, Clemson University (2001-2002)

Adjunct Instructor of Communication Studies, Clemson University (2001)

Courses Taught

Elon University

Writing: Argument and Inquiry, Interpretations of Literature, Graphic Narrative, Adaptation, The Apocalyptic Imagination


English Composition I and II, Introduction to Narrative, The Network Society in American Fiction and Film, Postmodern American Literature


American literature and culture after 1945, American literary history, narrative theory, metafiction, film and media studies, rhetorical theory and history, postwar British theater

Grants Awarded

Graduate Student Research Prize ($1000), Atlantic World Research Network, UNC-Greensboro, 2010-11.

Faculty Development Grant ($3000), Bryan Family Foundation, Greensboro College; for travel funding and archival research in the Joe Orton Archive, University of Leicester, UK, Summer 2006.


"George Saunders’s Tenth of December. American Book Review 34.4 (2013): 5-6.

“Chaplin’s Social Text: Pathos as Polemic in Easy Street.” Film and Literary Modernism. Ed. Robert McParland. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2013. 144-150.

“On the U.S. Reception of L’insurrection qui vient.” Politique, Démocratie et Culture aux Etats-Unis à L’Ère du Numerique. Ed. Elisabeth Boulot. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2011. 155-178.



“American Genizah: Maximalist Poetics and the End of Literary Canon Formation in Joshua Cohen’s Witz.” Modern Language Association. Chicago, Illinois, January 2014.

“The Premediated Manifesto.” Modern Language Association. Chicago, Illinois, January 2014.

“Immersion Aesthetics at 2 fps: The Paratextual Psycho in Don DeLillo’s Point Omega.” Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts. Greensboro, North Carolina, October 2013.

“Topography, Topology, Totality: Narrativizing Scale in the Novels of Joseph McElroy.”
American Comparative Literature Association. Toronto, Canada, April 2013.

“Voice at National Volume in George Saunders’s In Persuasion Nation.” Midwest Modern
Language Association
. Cincinnati, Ohio, November 2012.

“‘The Isolationist’: Theme as Structural Principle in the Adaptations of Todd Field.”
Association of Adaptation Studies. Amsterdam, Netherlands, September 2008.

“David Lynch’s Hollywood.” (Chair and panel organizer). Northeast Modern Language Association.
Buffalo, New York, April 2008.

“Joe Orton and the New Queer Historicism.” (Chair and panel organizer). Northeast Modern Language
Association. Baltimore, Maryland, March 2007.

“Self-Consuming Artifice: Public Discourse in Joe Orton’s Britain.” Northeast Modern Language Association. Baltimore, Maryland, March 2007.

“The Sociological Orton: Differential Dramaturgies in The Complete Plays and ‘The Wolfenden Report of the Departmental Committee on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution’ (1954-1967).” Northeast Modern Language Association. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 2006.