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William Quirk

Professorial Lecturer
World Languages and Cultures

  • Dr. Quirk has general research interests in German, English and French from Romanticism to the present. Within German he focuses on both the Age of Goethe and Modernism, with special emphasis given to Kleist, Nietzsche and Kafka. His present book project is a study of Kleist's fiction, and a second strain in his research is a series of essays that uses Nietzsche to interpret contemporary American writers (McCarthy, Roth, DeLillo). Dr. Quirk has done research on German film (Tykwer, Haneke) and is also interested in the neopragmatist philosopher Richard Rorty.

    After his BA, Dr. Quirk lived in Germany for two years, where he worked in advertising and taught English. During graduate school he spent a year at the Universität Jena and was a guest lecturer at the Universität Dortmund from 2001-02. He has been a lecturer at the University of Virginia and a visiting assistant professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

    Dr. Quirk enjoys discussing literature, culture, film and philosophy with friends, students and colleagues. Members of the AU community should feel free to stop by his office or send him an e-mail.

    Other languages: French, Italian, Spanish
  • Degrees

    University of Virginia: MA, PhD in German; BA in English
  • Book Currently Reading:

    Kleist's stories; Anna Karenina; Richard Rorty (essays)
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  • CAS-World Lang and Cultures
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