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

George Eliot's "Middlemarch" in the Twenty-First Century

Long acclaimed as the indispensable novel of nineteenth-century realism, an exemplar of moral seriousness and, as Virginia Woolf said, one of...

The Fiction of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Diaspora

Since ancient times, when Euripides set Iphigenia in Tauris in the Crimean peninsula, the land that is now Ukraine has been at the center of the...