Instructor for Spring 2018: William Waters

Professor Waters teaches courses on German literature, Comparative Literature, the art of translation, German linguistics, advanced German language, and the Humanities sequence of BU’s Core Curriculum. His research interests center on poetry and poetics and on the poet Rainer Maria Rilke; he is the author of Poetry’s Touch: On Lyric Address (Cornell University Press) and numerous scholarly articles on poetry. He has been the recipient of yearlong or multi-year fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); has been awarded more than $3 million in grants for critical-language education at BU; and has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley. At BU he has been honored with the National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the Templeton Prize for Excellence in Student Advising, and the Outstanding Teaching Award from the quondam Honors Program of the College of Arts and Sciences. From 2007 to 2013 he served as the founding Chair of the MLCL department (as WLL was formerly known). He is Associate Director of Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe, convenes the full-time German faculty, and also serves as Executive Director of Project GO-BU.

Waters first taught BU’s Literary Translation seminar in 2006.