Modern Languages and Literatures
Location: 4107 Boylan Hall
Phone: 718.951.5000 x6635
William Childers was an undergraduate in the heyday of literary theory, and he drank deeply from that well. His approach to literature in those days was mainly informed by philosophy. When he chose to focus on Cervantes and Golden Age studies in graduate school, he gradually began to cultivate a stronger interest in cultural history. But it wasn't until after he had finished that he discovered the excitment of doing archival research. Once bitten by that bug, he couldn't get enough of it, and everything he publishes has an archival bent to it. He reads across different kinds of texts, literary and non-literary, which he finds much more unpredictable. He is also committed to making the texts of the past speak to our concerns in the present. So, although he is grounded in the 16th century, he is also writing about what's going on today. For Childers, it's un viaje de ida y vuelta, really, a round trip journey.