Campus Affiliation: CUNY Graduate Center
Research Interests: Cervantes, Theory of the Baroque, the Moriscos
William Childers (PhD, Columbia University, 1997) is Associate Professor of Spanish at Brooklyn College. The University of Toronto Press will publish his first book, Transnational Cervantes, later this year. He has published a number of articles on Cervantes and other topics relating to early modern Spain. Among his forthcoming articles are two dealing with the Baroque: "The Baroque Public Sphere," in Reason and Its Others (Vanderbilt) and "Baroque Quixote," in Baroque New Worlds (Duke). He is currently working on a book project entitled Spain's Last Moors: A Cultural History of the Morisco Question.
In his research, Professor Childers pairs literary works and archival documents, to reveal the sometimes uncanny ways in which each type of text illuminates the other. He also has a strong interest in bringing early modern texts to bear on contemporary issues, often by looking at the re-workings of Don Quixote and other classics in the work of writers active today.