Graduate student Kylie Burger ‘20, G ‘21 published in peer-reviewed journal, Plath Profiles

Kylie Burger 20 G21

“She had such an impact on English literature and literature across the world.”

“The Death of Fictional Fathers and the Sea for Sylvia Plath,” an essay composed by UC Graduate student Kylie Burger ‘20, G ‘21, was recently published in Indiana University’s Plath Profiles, a peer-reviewed journal of Plath studies. 

The seven-page paper discusses Plath’s upbringing, specifically with her father who died when she was young. According to Burger, the piece attempts to bring fiction and autobiographical writing together. 

“She had such an impact on English literature and literature across the world,” Burger says. “It was really neat to see all the things that she presented make its way across different parts of the world.” 

It was an experience Burger will never forget, while her professor, Gary Leising, shared the admiration, noting the real sense of accomplishment that is involved with getting something published by a university.  The two are both very passionate about Plath works and Burger says Professor Leising has had an incredible impact on her.

“He’s a wonderful professor and advisor,” she says. “He’s always in my corner and I couldn’t be more grateful for that.”

Burger is currently finishing her dual degree in English and adolescent education, and plans to teach the subject to grades seven to 12 after she graduates next fall. She adds that Leising’s guidance and encouragement has been instrumental in her success, providing both advising and teaching throughout her dual degree program, and she is profoundly grateful.

“The Death of Fictional Fathers and the Sea for Sylvia Plath” can be viewed online here.

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