Seth Williams

Student, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Columbia University

Heyman Center Fellow (Graduate Student) 2016 - 17

Seth Stewart Williams is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He returned to graduate studies after a performance career in dance that included work with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Sean Curran Company, and the New York Baroque Dance Company. His dissertation, "Virtual Motion: Dance and Mobility in Early Modern English Literature," studies how literature becomes a choreographic medium both on and off the stage. It argues that literature deploys the aesthetics of dance in order to foreground the motional dynamics at work in major cultural controversies, for example those concerning the migration of people or the spread of religious beliefs.