Hello, friend!

I am the Decker Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute, author, and frequent contributor to various publications. My research and teaching focus on Spanish and Latin American literature, literary theory, and the relation between literature and philosophy.

Hermeneutics and the

Framing of “Truth”

IN HIS 2018 BOOK Post-Truth, Lee McIntyre sums up what has become a mainstream warning about the complicity of so-called postmodern intellectuals in the rise of “post-truth” as the defining condition of today’s politics. He asks: “Can postmodernism be used by anyone who wants to attack science? Do the techniques work only for liberals […] or can they work for others also?”

Latest Releases

What Would Cervantes Do?
Navigating Post-Truth with Spanish Baroque Literature

The Splintering of the American Mind: Identity Politics, Inequality, and Community on Today's College Campuses

Medialogies: Reading Reality in the Age of Inflationary Media

In the Press

Medialogies pushes the boundaries of scholarship across an impressive subject range. Castillo and Egginton have constructed an adventurous set of ideas that provide challenging new insights into the ways the various media plays a key role in the formation of our contemporary reality. 

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  Anthony J. Cascardi,

Professor and Dean of Arts and Humanities, University of California Berkeley, USA on Medialogies

Egginton shines in his literary analysis, teasing out Cervantes’s genius in accessible prose and showing how Don Quixote paved the way for modern fiction by exploring its characters’ inner lives . . . An entertaining and thought-provoking reading of Cervantes’s masterpiece.

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Publishers Weekly on 

The Man Who Invented Fiction

Egginton devotes a large section of the book to one of the most vexing problems of our time (rampant inequality of both economic and social capital) and demonstrates the complicated and sometimes inadvertent ways in which our winner-take-all higher education system exacerbates and
locks this in.

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 New York Times Book Review on The Splintering of the American Mind

Current Projects

Egginton’s current book project, The Rigor of Angels, which explores the respective conceptions of reality in the thought of Borges, Kant, and Heisenberg, will be published by Pantheon.

 

He also has two further books in the works.

 

For Bloomsbury’s Philosophical Filmmakers series, he is writing a book on the philosophical, psychoanalytic, and surrealist dimensions of cinematic expression in the work of Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky; and, with David Castillo, he has written a sequel to Medialogies, What Would Cervantes Do? Navigating Post-Truth With Spanish Baroque Literature, to be published by McGill-Queens UP in 2021.

Get in touch.

egginton@jhu.edu | The Johns Hopkins University |  Baltimore, Maryland

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