Birns, Nicholas

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Nicholas Birns
PhD Literature (New York University, 1992); MA (New York University, 1990)
BA (Columbia University, 1988)
Part Time Associate Teaching Professor

I teach courses in the history of the novel and related literatures in both the United States and Britain as well as on literary criticism and theory. I believe thinking about literature is a critical enterprise that calls upon our deepest intellectual reflection and discernment, and try to convey that focus in the classes I offer at Lang.

Nicholas Birns discusses teaching and learning at Lang in a project made possible with a grant from Bringing Theory to Practice.
Recent Publications:


Willa Cather, Salem Press, 2011.

Reading Across the Pacific: Australian-United States Intellectual Histories.  (co-edited with Robert Dixon), University of Sydney Press, 2010.

Vargas Llosa and Latin American Politics (co-edited with Juan E. De Castro). Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Theory After TheoryAn overview of currents in literary theory from the 1950s to the presentBroadview Press, 2010

Companion to Twentieth Century Australian Literature(co-edited with Rebecca McNeer), Camden House, November 2007. It was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of 2008.

Understanding Anthony PowellUniversity of South Carolina Press, 2004.

Recent and Forthcoming Journal Articles:

“To Aleppo Gone: From The North Sea to Syria in Macbeth and The Man of Law's Tale”.  Forthcoming in Exemplaria, 24.2, late 2012

Reading Gerald Murnane for Context , (Dalkey Archive Press) number 23, November 2011.

"The Solid Mandala and Patrick White's Late Modernity " in Transnational Literature, volume 4, number 1, November 2011.

"The Wars of the War of the End of the World ". Co-written with Juan De Castro for The Cambridge Companion to Mario Vargas Llosa, edited by Efrain Kristal, forthcoming 201w.

"A Bit Of Another Man's Land: Anthony Trollope's Antipodean Writings" For The Cambridge Companion to Anthony Trollope , edited by Carolyn Dever and Lisa Niles, 2011.

"'Where They Are Supposed To Get You Right': Frank Lentricchia's 'New Modernistic' , in Frank Lentricchia: Essyas on His Works, edited by Thomas DePietro, Guernica Press, 2010.

"From Cacotopias to Railroads: Rebellion and the Shaping of the Normal in China Miéville's Bas-Lag Universe". In special issue of Extrapolation edited by Sherryl Vint of Brock University, Volume 50, Number 2, Summer 2009: 200 - 211.

'''So Close and Yet So Far': Reading Australia Across the Pacific," Australian Book Review, March 2009;

"Birth and Death: Eliot's Journey of the Magi". in The Sewanee Theological Review, Pentecost 2008. Volume 51, number 3:

"The Earth's Revenge: Nature, Diaspora, and Transfeminism in Larissa Lai's Salt Fish Girl" in China Fictions, English Language: Literary Essays in Diaspora, Memory, Story, ed. A. Robert Lee, 2008, Amsterdam: Rodopi. ISBN-13 978-9042023512. 

'Australia más Cerca,' feature on Australian literature for the Madrid newspaper El Pais.

Thickly Studied Oriental Archipelagoes: Figuring the Indian and Pacific Oceans in Moby-Dick. Forthcoming in Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, June 2012.

"You Have Grown Very Much": The Scouring of the Shire and The Novelistic Aspects of The Lord Of The Rings " in Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts , forthcoming 2012.

The Worcestershire Grumbler: James Lees-Milne, Diarist and Man of letters. In The Hollins Critic, April 2012.


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