Dr. William Egginton is the department chair of German and Romance languages and literatures at the John’s Hopkins Kreiger School of Arts and Science. He is also an Andrew W. Mellon professor in the humanities. He 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), 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.
Emre Gurgen has established and actively maintained a number of web-based resources dedicated to the study of the Quijote, including a blog with numerous posts, an extensive bibliography, and a variety of materials related to his books, Don Quixote Explained: The Story of an Unconventional Hero and Don Quixote Explained: A Reference Guide. These resources can be accessed at www.don-quixote-explained.com.
Members Publications and Conference Presentations
Gurgen, Emre. “The Renaissance in the Quijote: How the Spirit of Chivalry, Classicism and Christianity Bypassed Medievalism and Led to Modernity.” 41st International Symposium of Hispanic Literature: The Influence of Don Quixote in the Humanities. California State University, Dominguez Hills. 15 April, 2015.
If Don Quixote and Sancho Already Went up into the heavens on the wooden horse Clavileno May as you know they’re now part of the firmament, ACCORDING to the International Astronomical Union, which held world-wide elections to name a number of newly discovered stars and planets. For one particularly planetary system, and his characters Cervantes won With 69% of the vote: the star is now called Cervantes, and the four planets are Dulcinea (almost invisible red hot), Rocinante (maybe a rough ride), Quixote (streaks of cloud and clarity) and Sancho (with the widest orbit and a ring around Panza STI). Just under 50 light years away. Shakespeare and some of His characters Have Been up there for a while. The night sky belongs to us all. And Cervantes Might Have enjoyed this more than what they’re trying to do to His bones here on earth.