William Burton

Assistant Professor, French
University of California, Berkeley
CSTMS Research Unit: CSTMS
Affiliation period: September 2023 -
Degrees Ph.D., Department of French and Romance Philology :: Columbia University (2020)
M.A., French and Romance Philology :: Columbia University (2015)
B.A., Lettres et traduction françaises :: McGill University (2010)

William (Will) M. Burton is an assistant professor in the Department of French. Professor Burton's research examines how 'literary' authors position their work with regard to other disciplines and domains in the 18th and 20th centuries. The authors that Burton studies are concerned with imaginative writing's political potential and its capacity to produce knowledge. In often formally daring, genre-defying texts, these writers both adopt and contest philosophical, political and scientific concepts to articulate their views on what we now call 'literature'.

last updated: November 1st, 2023