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Nicholas Birns

Nicholas Birns

Adjunct Instructor

Nicholas Birns is the editor of Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/NZ Literature. He is the author of Understanding Anthony Powell (University of South Carolina Press, 2004) and the co-editor of A Companion to Australian Literature Since 1900 (Camden House, 2007), a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book for 2008. His Theory After Theory: An Intellectual History of Literary Theory From 1950 to the Early 21st Century appeared from Broadview in 2010.

His other books include Barbarian Memory: The Legacy of Early Medieval History in Early Modern Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and Contemporary Australian Literature: A World Not Yet Dead (Sydney University Press in 2015). He has contributed to The New York Times Book Review, The Hollins Critic, Exemplaria, MLQ, and Partial Answers. Nicolas teaches literature courses at NYUSPS in the Center for Applied Liberal Arts.

Currently Teaching

2005: The Beginning of 21st-Century Literature

Read novels from 2005 that respond to the conditions that marked the beginning of 21st-century culture.

Nervous Conditions: Contemporary Literature of Sub-Saharan Africa

Explore the vast and diverse terrain of sub-Saharan Africa by reading and discussing literature from the region.

Anthony Trollope: Exploring the Palliser Novels

Examine Anthony Trollope’s penetrating insights on political and social issues in his Palliser novels.

The Historical Novel

Sample the historical novel, and learn how it has changed over time and why it is flourishing today.

1985: Literature Goes Global

Experience literary works written in 1985, an explosive and eventful year on the global stage.

The Literary Life in New York

See New York through the lens of four distinctive novelists.