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

Five African Nobel Laureates

Register for this Spring 2023 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website. With the award of the 2021 Nobel Prize for...

The Modern Comic Novel

Register for this Spring 2023 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website. Though serious literature is often associated...

Leo Tolstoy: The Hero is Truth

Read 19th-century classics that have passed the test of time and are still of interest to contemporary readers.

Banned in the USA: Freedom of Expression and the Literary Canon

Explore the history and significance of banning books in the United States and read the top banned books of our era