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William Egginton

  • Decker Professor in the Humanities
  • Director of the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute

Affiliations

  • Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Languages spoken

  • English

William Egginton's research and teaching focus on Spanish and Latin American literature, literary theory, and the relation between literature and philosophy. He can offer perspective on trends involving books, TV and movies, particularly anything in the horror genre, including zombie, vampire, slasher and monster stories.

Classes he teaches include: Great Books at Hopkins and The Invention of Fiction. His latest book, "The Splintering of the American Mind: Identity, Inequality, and the Future of Community," considers the identity liberalism on university campuses and argues that individual freedom has always only been possible in the context of the larger community.

He is also the author of "The Man Who Invented Fiction: How Cervantes Ushered in the Modern World" (Bloomsbury, 2016).

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