Canadian Studies Welcomes William M. Burton, Scholar of French Literature, as Newest Faculty Affiliate

Professor William Burton

This week, people across Canada and around the world celebrate the French Language and Francophonie, the global French-speaking community. Canadian Studies is pleased to join in by announcing that William M. Burton, an assistant professor of French with a love for Quebec, has joined the program as our newest faculty affiliate.

Professor Burton is an expert in 18th- and 20th-century French literature and philosophy, with a focus on gender, sexuality, and feminism. Their current project, The End of Sex, approaches this topic through a case-study of Monique Wittig and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Burton also has an interest in Quebec culture and literature. This semester, they are teaching "Montreal: Colonization, Urbanization, Migration", a course that explores the development of the unique literary and artistic voice of the world's second-largest Francophone city.

Professor Burton joined the Berkeley faculty in August 2021. They received their B.A. in French literature and translation from McGill University; an M.A. in English studies from Université de Montréal; and an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in French and Romance philology from Columbia University.