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Nicholas Birns Nicholas Birns i(A24281 works by)
Born: Established: 1965 New York (City), New York (State),
United States of America (USA),
Gender: Male
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  • In 1992 Nicholas Burns completed his PhD on Christianity and modernism in American literature. He subsequently taught at several schools in the north-eastern United States, joining the faculty of the New School in 1995. He has been associated with the Australian studies journal, Antipodes, since 1993 as a review editor and was appointed editor in 2001. Birns maintains a strong interest in Australian literature, publishing many articles and reviews. He has also conducted regular seminars and university courses on Australian literature.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Contemporary Australian Literature : A World Not Yet Dead Sydney : Sydney University Press , 2015 8895342 2015 single work criticism

'Australia has been seen as a land of both punishment and refuge. Australian literature has explored these controlling alternatives, and vividly rendered the landscape on which they transpire. Twentieth-century writers left Australia to see the world; now Australia’s distance no longer provides sanctuary. But today the global perspective has arrived with a vengeance.

'In Contemporary Australian Literature: A World Not Yet Dead, Nicholas Birns tells the story of how novelists, poets and critics, from Patrick White to Hannah Kent, from Alexis Wright to Christos Tsiolkas, responded to this condition. With rancour, concern and idealism, modern Australian literature conveys a tragic sense of the past yet an abiding vision of the way forward.

'Birns paints a vivid picture of a rich Australian literary voice – one not lost to the churning of global markets, but in fact given new life by it. Contrary to the despairing of the critics, Australian literary identity continues to flourish. And as Birns finds, it is not one thing, but many.' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted ASAL Awards Walter McRae Russell Award
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