Modern Languages and Literatures
Location: 4107 Boylan Hall
Phone: 718.951.5000 x6635
William Childers was born in 1964 in Bronxville, NY. In 1982, he earned a B.A. in English from Reed College, with a thesis on Gertrude Stein. At Reed, he focused on literary theory. After college, he traveled in Spain and became interested in Cervantes. This eventually led to a PhD in Spanish from Columbia University, 1997. His dissertation, written under the direction of Félix Martínez Bonati, concerned Cervantes' posthumous romance, Persiles y Sigismunda. His subsequent work moves constantly between the study of the historical context of early modern Spain, including the use of archival documents; and the reception of Cervantes in the U.S. and the Americas generally.