Nicholas Birns teaches at New York University. His book Theory After Theory: An Intellectual History of Literary Theory From 1950 to the Early 21st Century appeared from Broadview in 2010 and is now widely used in classrooms. His monograph Contemporary Australian Literature: A World Not Yet Dead, a major overview of contemporary fiction from Down Under appeared with Sydney University Press, 2015, and co-edited projects on teaching Australian and New Zealand Literature and Roberto Bolaño as world literature are forthcoming with the Modern Language Association and Bloomsbury respectively. He has contributed to The New York Times Book Review, The Hollins Critic, Exemplaria, Arizona Quarterly, MLQ, and many other journals and edited anthologies. He is the editor of Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/NZ Literature.
New York University
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