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William Quirk Sr Professorial Lecturer World Languages and Cultures

Send email to William Quirk
(202) 885-6769 (Office)
CAS - World Languages and Cultures
McCabe - 225
T 5:30-6:30pm; W 1:-6:00; and by appointment
University of Virginia: MA, PhD in German; BA in English

Dr. Quirk has 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, titled "The Anxiety of Inactivity," is a comparative study of action and interiority in literature. A second strain in his research uses Nietzsche to interpret recent 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
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World Languages & Cultures
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Fall 2021

  • GERM-230 The Modernist Explosion

  • GERM-232 German, Intermediate I

  • GERM-232 German, Intermediate I

  • GERM-339 Business German

Spring 2022

  • GERM-340 From Faust to the Berlin Wall

  • GERM-439 German Civilization II