William Germano

Dean and Professor

William Germano received his B.A. from Columbia and his Ph.D. in English from Indiana University. He studies and writes on intellectual production, the material culture of the book, and literature and the allied arts. He is particularly interested in the writing life of scholars, a subject he has written on in Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books (University of Chicago Press, 2nd ed. 2008), which has been translated into Japanese, and From Dissertation to Book (University of Chicago Press, 2005, 2nd ed. 2013), which has been published in Spanish. He has also published on Powell and Pressburger’s 1951 film The Tales of Hoffmann (2013) in the British Film Institute Film Classics series. His essays have appeared in PMLA, minnesota review, Scholarly Publishing, SPAN, Publishing Research Quarterly, PNR and other publications. Since 2012 he has been a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s language blog, Lingua Franca. His scholarly essays have appeared in Opera Quarterly, University of Toronto Quarterly, The Critical Pulse: Thirty-Two Conversations with Contemporary Critics (Columbia UP, 2012) and the Cambridge World Shakespeare Encyclopedia (forthcoming).

From Dissertation to BookFor over twenty years he directed programs in scholarly publishing, first as editor-in-chief at Columbia University Press and then as vice-president and publishing director at Routledge; during his publishing career he developed wide experience with disciplines in both the humanities and social sciences, working with many extraordinary scholars, among them Peter Galison, Jacques Derrida, Cornel West, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Gilles Deleuze, bell hooks, Herbert Gans, Stephen Orgel, Michael Taussig, Dario Fo, Sander Gilman, Stephen Greenblatt, Arthur Danto, Raymond Williams, Paul Willis, Stanley Aronowitz, David Bordwell, Julia Kristeva, Wayne Koestenbaum, James Elkins, Marjorie Garber, Peter Stallybrass, Fredric Jameson, Diana Fuss, and Martin Jay.

The Tales of HoffmannHe has taught in the graduate program in publishing at NYU, is a frequent speaker at academic conferences, and has given workshops and seminars on professional scholarly writing across North America and in Europe, the Middle East, and New Zealand.

He is a trustee of The English Institute and a member of the Advisory Council of the Princeton University department of English.

At Cooper he teaches the freshman core courses and electives on Shakespeare, the history of the book, and opera.

He is finishing a book entitled Shakespeare at the Opera, which examines the ways in which Shakespeare’s very English plays and characters have been adapted into a very Continental dramatic form.

photo of Dean Germano by Awol Erizku
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