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Birns, Nicholas

Works: 35 works in 136 publications in 1 language and 5,557 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography  Handbooks and manuals  Fiction  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR9609.6, 863.64
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Most widely held works by Nicholas Birns
A companion to Australian literature since 1900 by Nicholas Birns( Book )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book offers a fresh look at Australian literature, taking a broad view of what literature is and viewing it with Australian cultural and societal concerns in mind. It goes beyond Eurocentric ideas of national literary history to reveal the full, resplendent variety of Australian writing
Willa Cather by Tony Napoli( Book )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book provides readers with in-depth, critical discussions of the life and works of Willa Cather. A chronology of Cather's life, a complete list of Cather's works and their original dates of publication, a general bibliography, a detailed paragraph on the volume's editor, notes on the individual chapter authors, and a subject index are also provided
Theory after theory : an intellectual history of literary theory from 1950 to the early twenty-first century by Nicholas Birns( Book )

11 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Theory After Theory provides a global overview of developments in literary theory after 1950. It is intended both as a handbook for readers to learn about theory and an intellectual history of the recent past in literary criticism for those interested in seeing how it fits in with the broader culture."--Page 4 of cover
Understanding Anthony Powell by Nicholas Birns( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Suggesting that the literary world is just beginning to realize the extent of Anthony Powell's achievements, Nicholas Birns provides a fresh examination of the British writer's career and growing reputation in this introduction to his work. Birns takes a global view of Powell's corpus, situating his works in context and explaining his place among Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, and Henry Green, in the second generation of British modernists. Birns adds to the understanding of how Powell and his compatriots pioneered a "next wave" modernism in which experimentation and traditional narrative combined in a sustainable mode." "Birns offers readings of Powell's entire oeuvre, including the novels Afternoon Men, Venusberg, and The Fisher King, and his journals, which appeared in print between 1995 and 1997. Looking especially closely at A Dance to the Music of Time, the twelve-volume sequence of novels that is Powell's masterpiece, Birns sets the series in its social and historical context, emphasizing the role that both world wars and the cold war played in Powell's life and writing. He makes a particular study of the novel's dominating force - the arrogant, opportunistic Widmerpool, a social climber who delights in his own good fortune and gloats over the sufferings of others. While noting Widmerpool's central position, Birns illumines Powell's subtle aesthetic resistance, epitomized by minor characters and the voice of the narrator, against Widmerpool and his ilk. Birns shows that instead of setting forth a single champion against evil, Powell subtly communicates a half-melancholy, half-humorous sensibility in which he invites the reader to share."--Jacket
Vargas Llosa and Latin American politics( Book )

17 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written from diverse perspectives, the eleven essays that make up Vargas Llosa and Latin American Politics portray the Nobel Prize-winning Peruvian novelist not only as one of the most celebrated writers of the last 50 years, but also as a central influence on the region's political evolution. Ever since his conversion to free market ideology in the 1980s, Mario Vargas Llosa has waged public battle against what he believes are the scourges of socialism and populism. This book studies the fiction and journalism of Vargas Llosa in the context of his political thought.--Résumé de l'éditeur
The contemporary Spanish-American novel : Bolaño and after by Wilfrido H Corral( Book )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Contemporary Spanish-American Novel provides an accessible introduction to an important World literature. While many of the authors covered -Aira, Bolaño, Castellanos Moya, Vásquez- are gaining an increasing readership in English and are frequently taught, there is sparse criticism in English beyond book reviews. This book provides the guidance necessary for a more sophisticated and contextualized understanding of these authors and their works. Underestimated or unfamiliar Spanish American novels and novelists are introduced through conceptually rigorous essays. Sections on each writer include: the author's reception in their native country, Spanish America, and Spain; biographical history; a critical examination of their work, including key themes and conceptual concerns; translation history; scholarly reception. The Contemporary Spanish-American Novel offers an authoritative guide to a rich and varied novelistic tradition. It covers all demographic areas, including United States Latino authors, in exploring the diversity of this literature and its major themes, such as exile, migration, and gender representation"--Descripción del editor
Cultural encounters by Nicholas Birns( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book discusses the theme of cross-cultural encounters in the works of Shakespeare, as well as classical works such as "The Tempest" and "Robinson Crusoe"
Barbarian memory : the legacy of early medieval history in early modern literature by Nicholas Birns( Book )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An investigation of the use of Late Antique European history by late medieval and Renaissance writers such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Davenant, Trissino, and Corneille. The liminality of the late antique period and the issues of ethnicity and religion it raises makes it very different from that of the classical world in analogous writers
Roberto Bolaño as world literature( Book )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Roberto Bolaño as World Literature provides an introduction to the Chilean novelist that highlights his connections with classic and contemporary masters of world literature and his investigation of topics of international interest, such as the rise of rightwing and neofascist movements during the last decades of the 20th century. But this anthology also shows how Roberto Bolaño's participation in world literature is informed in his experiences, identity, and, more generally, cultural location as a Chilean, Latin American and, more generally, Hispanic writer and man. This book provides a corrective to readings of his novels as exclusively "postmodern" or as unproblematically representative of Chilean or Latin American reality. Roberto Bolaño as World Literature thus helps readers to better understand such complex works as his monumental global five-part masterpiece 2666, his Chilean novels (Distant Star, By Night in Chile), and his Mexican narratives (Amulet, The Savage Detectives), among other works"
Teaching Australian and New Zealand literature by Nicholas Birns( Book )

7 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reading across the Pacific : Australia - United States intellectual histories( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inland by Gerald Murnane( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is it possible to fall in love with a correspondent based entirely on a fascination with his or her handwriting, with a map of the country they live in, with the syllables of their name? What about, then, a fictional character, in a book about a country one has never, and will never, visit?
Transfeminism & literature( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The review of contemporary fiction( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spirits lingering : Christianity and modernity in twentieth-century American literature by Nicholas Birns( )

5 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christianity and modernity are usually perceived as polar opposites. This dissertation, using the techniques of rhetorical and historical criticism, questions this account, termed "Neo-Christian" by William Empson, by examining certain twentieth-century American texts. The first chapter discusses how Neo-Christianity simplifies the tension and the spirit resident in the Christian faith, and reduces a long and complex history to an ideological formula
Octavia Butler : fashioning alien constructs( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New formalism of/on the contemporary( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critical insights : Willa Cather( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This volume explores why and how she is one of America's most treasured and most expansive writers. Original essays discuss Cather's cultural position and her use of radical new literary techniques. Other essays analyze the role of the protagonist in Cather's O Pioneers!, as well as a comparison of One of Ours to F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby in light of the themes of the waste land and the Holy Grail
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A companion to Australian literature since 1900
Alternative Names
Birns, Nicholas Boe

English (109)

Willa CatherTheory after theory : an intellectual history of literary theory from 1950 to the early twenty-first centuryUnderstanding Anthony PowellVargas Llosa and Latin American politicsReading across the Pacific : Australia - United States intellectual historiesInlandThe review of contemporary fictionCritical insights : Willa Cather