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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

Postwar High: 1964 in World Literature

Discover how world literature changed amidst the political and social turmoil of 1964’s postwar high.

Postwar High: 1964 in World Literature

Discover how world literature changed amidst the political and social turmoil of 1964’s postwar high.

The Canadian Novel and a New Kind of Nation: Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, and Beyond

Explore the vast and diverse terrain of Canada by reading and discussing literature from the country.

The Canadian Novel and a New Kind of Nation: Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, and Beyond

Explore the vast and diverse terrain of Canada by reading and discussing literature from the country.

The First World War and British Fiction: Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End

Read Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End, and discuss the social upheaval brought on by onset of World War I.

The First World War and British Fiction: Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End

Read Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End, and discuss the social upheaval brought on by onset of World War I.

From Ballad to Rock and Roll: Song and Poetry

Examine links between the English lyric tradition and popular song, from medieval and folk ballads to contemporary singer-songwriters.

From Ballad to Rock and Roll: Song and Poetry

Examine links between the English lyric tradition and popular song, from medieval and folk ballads to contemporary singer-songwriters.

The Novel Today

Discuss major new work by today’s top writers, including emerging novelists, award winners, and established favorites.

The Novel Today

Discuss major new work by today’s top writers, including emerging novelists, award winners, and established favorites.