Theory Contributors

William Egginton is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at the Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches on Spanish and Latin American literature, literary theory, and the relation between literature and philosophy. He is the author of How the World Became a Stage (2003), Perversity  and Ethics (2006), A Wrinkle in History (2007), The Philosopher’s Desire (2007), The Theater of Truth (2010), and In Defense of Religious Moderation (2011). He is also co-editor with Mike Sandbothe of The Pragmatic Turn in Philosophy (2004), translator of Lisa Block de Behar’s Borges, the Passion of an Endless Quotation (2003, 2nd edition 2014), and co-editor with David E. Johnson of Thinking With Borges (2009). His most recent book is The Man Who Invented Fiction: How Cervantes Ushered In the Modern World (2016).

Christopher RayAlexander is a specialist in 19th and early 20th century Mexican literature. He received his PhD in 2015 from the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures at Johns Hopkins University. His approach to media theory draws on the thought of Martin Heidegger, Slavoj Žižek, and the insights of Lacanian psychoanalysis. His research is currently focused on the role of sentiment in nation-building, the metaphysics of corporeal masking, and the overlapping ontologies of representative democracy and professional wrestling. He is also a member of the French Metaphysics Translation Project, a collaborative effort that seeks to translate and disseminate the works of French philosopher Tristan Garcia.