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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

Discovering the Modern: The Novels of E.M. Forster

Read the novels of E.M. Forster and learn about his contribution to modern literature.

Two Novels by Fyodor Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment and the Brothers Karamazov

Read and analyze two recent, acclaimed translations of Fyodor Dostevsky’s most famous novels.

James Joyce's Ulysses

Rediscover James Joyce’s canonical work, Ulysses .

The Short Fiction of Franz Kafka and Jorge Luis Borges

Explore the two most ambitious and experimental short story writers of the modern...