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Birns, Nicholas

Works: 32 works in 103 publications in 1 language and 3,982 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Handbooks and manuals  Biography  Fiction  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR9609.6, 820.99940904
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A companion to Australian literature since 1900 by Nicholas Birns( Book )
12 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 449 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
Theory after theory : an intellectual history of literary theory from 1950 to the early twenty-first century by Nicholas Birns( Book )
10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 390 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 Undetermined and held by 367 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 by Giovanna Faleschini Lerner( Book )
14 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 314 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 )
7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 242 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
Willa Cather ( Book )
7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 219 libraries worldwide
Cultural encounters by Nicholas Birns( Book )
5 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 165 libraries worldwide
Barbarian memory : the legacy of early medieval history in early modern literature by Nicholas Birns( Book )
8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 100 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
Reading across the Pacific : Australia - United States intellectual histories ( Book )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 28 libraries worldwide
Contemporary Australian literature : a world not yet dead by Nicholas Birns( Book )
2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 26 libraries worldwide
Inland by Gerald Murnane( Book )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 15 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?
The review of contemporary fiction ( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 8 libraries worldwide
Transfeminism & literature ( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 7 libraries worldwide
Spirits lingering : Christianity and modernity in twentieth-century American literature by Nicholas Birns( Archival Material )
4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
The third chapter analyzes Wallace Stevens' poem "Sunday Morning," challenging the assumption that the poem conveys a narrative of 'secularization' which steps beyond Christianity in a straightforward way. The fourth chapter examines the novels of Willa Cather with regard to the often twinned themes of religion and landscapes. Cather possesses a sense of religion as a form of art that is inherently no less or more sacred than the forms of art Cather herself practises
Dance music : a guide to musical references in Anthony Powell's A dance to the music of time by Jeffrey Manley( Book )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
Theory after theory : an intellectual history of literary theory from 1950 to the early 21st century by Nicholas Birns( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
New formalism of/on the contemporary ( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Octavia Butler : fashioning alien constructs ( Book )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Teaching australian and new zealand literature by Nicholas Birns( Book )
1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Gerald Murnane letter to Nicholas Birns by Gerald Murnane( Archival Material )
1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
In a typed letter dated 14 Nov. 1995, Gerald Murnane relates news of his imminent retirement, and his plans for writing a novel to be called Masthead of the world, inspired by the story of Ishi, the last surviving member of a tribe of California Indians. He goes on to describe his writing habits, and comment on a piece Birns published in Southerly, relating it to his novel, Inland
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Birns, Nicholas Boe
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