William Egginton

Department Chair and Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities

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William Egginton teaches on Spanish and Latin American literature, literary theory, and the relation between literature and philosophy. He is the author of How the World Became a Stage (2003), Perversity and Ethics (2006), A Wrinkle in History (2007), The Philosopher's Desire (2007), and The Theater of Truth (2010). He is also co-editor with Mike Sandbothe of The Pragmatic Turn in Philosophy (2004), translator of Lisa Block de Behar's Borges, the Passion of an Endless Quotation (2003), and co-editor with David E. Johnson of Thinking With Borges (2009). His most recent book is In Defense of Religious Moderation (Columbia University Press, 2011). His most recent book, The Man Who Invented Fiction: How Cervantes Ushered in the Modern World, was published by Bloomsbury in February 2016.

Recent Publications

“Affective Disorder,” diacritics 40.2 (2012 [appeared 2013]): 24-43

“Determinismo versus libertad humana,” in Revista Cronopio, Medellín, Colombia, Nov. 4, 2012

“Religion – Conspiracy – Code,” MLN, special issue: “The Long Shadow of Political Theology,” 126.4 (2011): 32-43

“The Reality of Caudal,” (Re)Reading Gracián in a Self-Made World.
Hispanic Issues On Line Debates 4 (Fall 2012): 42–44. Web.

“Crime Shows—CSI: Hapsburg Madrid,” forthcoming in Peter Goodrich and Valerie Hayaert (eds), Genealogies of Legal Vision, London: Routledge, 2015, 243-58

“The Eradication of Transcendence,” in Braidotti et al. eds, The Postsecular Turn, 2014

“Potentiality of Life,” in Silvia Mazzini ed., Reading Hermeneutic Communism, Continuum, 2014

“Staging the Event: The Theatrical Ground of Metaphysical Framing,” in Michael Marder and Santiago Zabala, eds. Being Shaken, forthcoming, Palgrave, 2014, 177-85

“Stranger Than Fiction,” The European Magazine, January 15, 2015

“Vampire Dreamboats and Zombie Capitalists,” New York Times Opinionator, The Stone, October 26, 2014

“On Borges, Particles, and the Paradox of the Perceived World,” New York Times Opinionator, The Stone, April 28, 2013

“Can Neuroscience Challenge Roe V. Wade?” New York Times Opinionator, The Stone, Oct 28, 2012