Nicholas Birns, associate professor of literature at Eugene Lang College, has just published Theory After Theory with Broadview Press. In this book, Birns provides an overview of developments in literary theory after 1950. Theory After Theory is intended both as a handbook for readers to learn about theory and an intellectual history of the recent past in literary criticism.
Praising the project, Devoney Looser, professor of English at the University of Missouri at Columbia, writes, Whether you are a newcomer to literary theory or a more seasoned reader looking to refresh your memory or connect the dots, this book offers generous assessments and valuable insights at every turn.,
Birns’ previous book, Companion to Twentieth Century Australian Literature, which he co-edited with Rebecca McNeer, was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2008.
This fall, Birns will integrate his study of literary criticism in the two courses at Lang: American Literature, 1865–1914, and Moby Dick.