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Curriculum Vitae

Nicholas Birns: EDUCATION:

BA (Columbia University , 1988)
MA ( New York University, 1990)
Ph.D. ( New York University, 1992; department nominee for outstanding dissertation)

Academic Publications:


Options for Teaching Australian and New Zealand literature , co-edited with Nicole Moore of Australian Defence Force Academy and Sarah Shieff of the University of Waikato, Modern Language Association, May 2017


Roberto Bolano as World Literature Co-edited with Juan E. De Castro. under contract with Bloomsbury, January 2017.

Contemporary Australian Literature: A World Yet Net Dead An overview book of current Australian writing, emphasizing issues of late modernity, neoliberalism, and affect. Published December 2015 by Sydney University Press. The book has been very well reviewed. In TLS, Marion Rankine called it “a hopeful book, and valuable addition to the study of Australian literature”. Geordie Williamson, writing in The Australian said: How does literature resist the dominant neo-liberal ideology? Birns finds this resistance in the 'affective' responses of literature, 'feeling takes up ... the ethical burden previously borne by more direct modes of social comment'. His reading is broad and catholic, his judgments shrewd yet generous, and his ideological positions nuanced". Bonny Cassidy, writing in Cordite , notes that "Birns is interested in the overview less as a survey, and more as a way of reading onwards. As Birns writes in his afterword, How does literature resist the dominant neo-liberal ideology? Birns finds this resistance in the 'affective' responses of literature, 'feeling takes up ... the ethical burden previously borne by more direct modes of social comment'. The Australia one loves is always dying, always skipping away’. It’s a profoundly moving statement, as significant to the remote critic as to the locally immersed participant; it can be taken as both a theory of identity and as a poetics." It was shortlisted for the Walter McRae Russell award in 2017.

Barbarian Memory: The Legacy of Early Medieval History in Early Modern Literature , Palgrave, December 2013.

The Contemporary Spanish American Novel . Edited by Will Corral, Juan E De Castro, and Nicholas Birns: an anthology of essays on writers such as Cesar Aira, Roberto Bolaño, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and Alonso Cueto. Bloomsbury, e October 2013.


Theory After Theory . This is an overview book of currents in literary theory from the 1950s to the present, published by Broadview Press , June 2010. ISBN-13 978-1-55111-933-5

Chasqui called it an "accessible and eloquent survey" and a "must-read guide for professors and students", whereas CHOICE "highly recommended" it, calling it "admirably detailed" and presenting "a broad intellectual history." while Peter Brier, writing in Magill's Reviews described it as a "detailed and comprehensive survey of the ebb and flow of critical theory." It was reviewed in the Brief Mention column of American Literature in March 2011 (volume 83, number 1). Kirk Combe reviewed it positively and perceptively in Style , summer 2013, calling it "an extremely worthwhile intellectual history for graduate students and the professorship to read". Anderson Araujo praised its "inclusive and nimble prose" in a review in Ariel , January 2013.

Cultural Encounters , published by the Salem Press division of EBSCO, September 2012; includes a series of essays on postcolonial and US minority topics by distinguished scholars from the US, Canada, and Europe, with a theoretical introduction by Nicholas Birns


Willa Cather: Critical Insights . Pasadena: Salem Press, 2011. An anthology of new and reprinted essays on Cather, with a comprehensive introduction By Nicholas Birns. Contributors include Lisbeth Fuisz, Sarah Watson, Heather Alumbaugh, Tomas Pollard, and Stephanie S. Gross


Mario Vargas Llosa and Latin American Politics . Co-edited with my Lang colleague Juan E. De Castro. This is a collection of essays including contributions by both editors as well as an interaction both written by them, on the Nobel Prize-winning Peruvian writer's interactions with post-1980s political ideologies, particularly neoliberalism. Other contributors include Wilfrido Corral, Ignacio Lopez-Calvo, Jean O'Bryan Knight, and Gene H. Bell-Villada. The volume appeared from Palgrave Macmillan in October 2010. ISBN-13 978-0230105294. It was reviewed in Le Monde Diplomatique and recommended by CHOICE

Companion to Twentieth Century Australian Literature (co-edited with Rebecca McNeer of Ohio University), Camden House , November 2007. ISBN-13 9781571133496. The volume was awarded a grant by the Literature Board of Australia Council for the Arts and has been reviewed in CHOICE, JASAL,ALS. The Year's Work In English Studies, Zeitschrift fur Australienastudien, Overland and the Australian Book Review. It was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of 2008.

Reading Across the Pacific: Australian-United States Intellectual Histories co-edited with Robert Dixon, University of Sydney Press, 2010. This is an edited anthology including an essay by Nicholas Birns, introduction co-written by Nicholas Birns, and contributions by Dixon, Lawrence Buell, Paul Giles, Paul Kane, Fiona Morrison, Bruce Bennett, Marilyn Lake, and many others


Understanding Anthony Powell. University of South Carolina Press , August 2004. Paperback reprint (with minor amendments) 2011. Please visit Anthony Powell Society website for more information about Powell's life and work. The book has been reviewed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the New York Times Book Review.

The book was also reviewed by William H. Pritchard in the Winter 2005 Hudson Review and by Christine Berberich in the January 2005 Modernism/Modernity and Derek Turner in Chronicles (May 2005), as well as in The Year's Work in English Studies .

New York magazine termed it (December 13, 2004, p. 94) " a perfect guide to Powell's twelve-volume novel A Dance to the Music of Time"

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

" The Three Phases of the Linguistic Turn " in Partial Answers , volume 15, number 2, June 2017.

" Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Writer for the World, " in Gabriel Garcia marquez In Retrospect, edited by Gene H. Bell-Villada of Williams Cillege.

“La crítica literaria peruana de la modernidad tardía” to be published in literasry history of Peru under the supervision of Casa de Literatura Peruvana, Lima, supervised by marcel Velázquez Castro and Raquel Chang-Rodríguez.

“Place and Topicality.” In Routledge Companion to Trollope Studies ed. Deborah Denenholz Morse, Taylor and Francis, 2016.

"The System Cannot Withstand Close Scrutiny: 1966, the Johns Hopkins Conference and the Anomalous Rise of Theory." MLQ, , September 2014.

"The Novel Uncontained: Victorian Fiction, Tolstoy, and the Anglo-Russian Literary Channel " In Victorians Institute Journal, 2014. .

"The Inner Consistency of Reality": Intermediacy in The Hobbit In Mythlore , 2013.

" Upon the Airy Ocean":Australia, the Russian Pacific, and the Transnational Imaginary . In Scenes of Reading , edited by Robert Dixon and Brigid Rooney, University of Sydney Press, 2013, pp. 73-85.

"On His First Entering a Neighborhood: Juxtaposition in Pride and Prejudice." In 200th anniversary collection on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice . Edited by Caterina Colomba of the University of Salento, Lecce, Forum University Press, Udine, Italy, December 2013.

"Expand Thy Wings, Celestial Dove: The Methodist Renaissance and Its Anglican Associations". In The Anglican , Pentecost issue 2013

Valjean in the Time of Javert": Roberto Bola˜õ and Neoliberalism," in edited volume on Bolaño edited by Ignacio López-Calvo, Palgrave, 2015.

To Aleppo Gone: From The North Sea to Syria in Macbeth and The Man of Law's Tale . In Exemplaria , volume 24, number 4, October 2012

Thickly Studied Oriental Archipelagoes: Figuring the Indian and Pacific Oceans in Moby-Dick . In Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies , June 20,volume 14, issue 2.

Tricontinental Modernities: Vargas Llosa's Late Turn Against Imperialism," in Transmodernity , issue 4, 2012.

"You Have Grown Very Much": The Scouring of the Shire and The Novelistic Aspects of The Lord Of The Rings " in Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts , volume 23, number 2, 2012.

The Worcestershire Grumbler: James Lees-Milne, Diarist and Man of Letters. In The Hollins Critic, April 2012.

Reading Gerald Murnane for Context , (Dalkey Archive Press) number 23, November 2011.

"The Solid Mandala and Patrick White's Late Modernity " in Transnational Literature , volume 4, number 1, November 2011.

" The Wars of the War of the End of the World ". Co-written with Juan De Castro for The Cambridge Companion to Mario Vargas Llosa , edited by Efrain Kristal of UCLA, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

" The Plight of Hybrid Journals: What's In A Genre, What's In a Name? " in The Journal of Scholarly Publishing , volume 42, number 3, April 2011, pp. 357-59.

The Stones and the Book: Tolkien and Biblical Mythopoeia". In Jason Fisher, ed. Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays , Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011.

"Aestheticism and the Dispossessed: WIlla Cather's Dual Europe in America." In Sarah Cheney Watson and Ann Moseley, eds., Willa Cather and Aestheticism , Madison: Fairleigh DIckinson University Press, 2012, pp. 53-64.

Chapters on The Jindyworobaks and Great Southern Land (1982) in Telling Stories: Australian Literary Cultures, 1935-2010 . ed. Tanya Dalziell and Paul Genoni, Monash University Press, 2012.

"Something To Keep You Steady: Egalitarianism and Distinction from D. H. Lawrence to Christos Tsiolkas" . In JASAL , volume 9, published December 2009.

'Jack Lindsay, Patrick White, and Postcolonial Medievalism.' In Nathanael O'Reilly, ed., Postcolonial Issues in Australian Literature . Youngstown, NY: Cambria Press, 2010.

" A Bit Of Another Man's Land: Anthony Trollope's Antipodean Writings" For the Cambridge Companion to Anthony Trollope , edited by Carolyn Dever of Vanderbilt University and Lisa Niles of Spelman College, 2011.

" From Cacotopias to Railroads: Rebellion and the Shaping of the Normal in China Mieville's Bas-Lag Universe". In Volume 50, number 2, Summer 2009 of Extrapolation pp. 200-211.

''So Close and Yet So Far': Reading Australia Across the Pacific," Australian Book Review , March 2009.

"Birth and Death: Eliot's Journey of the Magi". in The Sewanee Theological Review , Pentecost 2008. Volume 51, number 3.

"The Earth's Revenge: Nature, Diaspora, and Transfeminism in Larissa Lai's Salt Fish Girl ," in China Fictions, English Language: Literary Essays in Diaspora, Memory, Story, ed. A. Robert Lee, 2008, Amsterdam: Rodopi. ISBN-13 978-9042023512

"Diaspora Beyond Millennium: Brian Castro, Ouyang Yu, and Chinese Australia" in China Fictions, English Language: Literary Essays in Diaspora, Memory, Story, ed. A. Robert Lee, 2008, Amsterdam: Rodopi. ISBB-13 978-9042023512.

"Jordan Catalano/Brian Krakow: Masculiity in the 'Alternative' 90s. in Dear Angela: Remembering My So-Called Life, co-edited by Michele Byers and David Lavery, Lanham, Md.: Lexington, 2007. ISBN-13 978-0739116920

" Beautiful Lamptown, The Writings of Dawn Powell". The Hollins Critic , December 2007.

" Scientists and Searches: The Fiction of Sylvia Engdahl". The Hollins Critic , October 2008.

"'Where They Are Supposed To Get You Right': Frank Lentricchia's 'New Modernistic' Regionalism". In collection of essays on Lentricchia edited by Thomas DePietro, published in 2011 by Guernica Press.

"He Walked In Awe: The Creative Task of Samuel Menashe ", in Midstream , topic issue on American Jewish Life, September/October 2006, pp. 33-37.

"Ritualizing the Past: Ralph Lemon's Counter-Memorials", in PAJ 81, September 2005, pp. 18-22. Reprinted in Documents of Contemporary Art: Dance, ed. André Lepicki, London: Whitechapel Gallery, 2012 .

"Cosmopolitan Convict: Marcus Clarke's Reshuffling Of The Past." in Lemuria: A Half-Yearly Research Journal of Indo-Australian Studies , volume 1, number 1, pp. 112-121.

"Thy World, Columbus!": Barbauld and Global Space, 1803, "1811", 1812, 2003. December 2005 in European Romantic Review , pp. 545-62.

Receptacle or Reversal?:Globalization Down Under in Marcus Clarke's For The Term of His Natural Life" in College Literature , April 2005

" "Placing the Jar Properly: The Religious and the Secular in the Criticism of Harold Bloom " in The SALT Companion to Harold Bloom " edited by Roy Sellars of the University of Southern Denmark and Graham Allen of University College Cork , 2007. available from Amazon UK .

"A Dazzled Eye: Kristu-Du and the Architecture of Tyranny". In Fabulating Beauty: Perspectives on the Fiction of Peter Carey published 2005 by Rodopi and edited by Andreas Gaile of the University of Mainz, Germany

"I Am Where I Go: The Poetry of Samuel Menashe, in The Hollins Critic , April 2003

"History and Testimony: Robert Aron and the Vichy Experience" in Midstream , topic issue on the Shoah, April 2002.

"Fraga inte efter namn" ("Do Not Ask For Names", essay on Gerald Murnane translated into Swedish by Lars Ahlstrom) in ARTES (Journal of Swedish Academy, Stockholm), volume 28, number 4, 2002.

"Octavia Butler: Fashioning Alien Constructs" In The Hollins Critic June 2001.

"May in September: Australian Literature as Anglophone Alternative," in Australian Studies (Great Britain), 2001.

"The Empire Turned Upside Down: The Colonial Fictions of Anthony Trollope", Ariel: A Review of International English Literature, July 1996.

"' In Our Bodies': Incarnate History in Les Murray". In Counterbalancing Light: Essays on the Poetry of Les Murray, edited by Carmel Gaffney, Kardoorair Press, Armidale, NSW, 1997.

"Weird White: Allusion and Literary History in The Twyborn Affair," published in Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik (Germany), third quarter, 1997

"'Religions are Poems: Spirituality in the Poetry of Les A. Murray." In And The Birds Began to Sing: Religion and Literature in Post-Colonial Cultures, Ed. J.S. Scott, published by Rodopi (Amsterdam), 1996

"Indefinite Desires: Love and the Search for Truth in the Fiction of Gerald Murnane", in Southerly, spring 1995.

"Beyond Disillusionment: Frank Moorhouse's Grand Days and Post-Colonial Idealism," Westerly, autumn 1995.

"Secrets of the Birth of Time: The Rhetoric of Cultural Origins in Alastor and Mont Blanc," in Studies in Romanticism. volume 32, number 3, fall 1993 (special issue on Romantic historicism).

"Beyond Metafiction: Placing John Barth." In Arizona Quarterly, summer 1993, volume 49, number 2, pp. 113-136.

"Aesthetic Disorientation and the Nature of the 'Wagner Matinee'", in Willa Cather Review, Volume XLIII, no. 1, Summer 1999.

"Building the Cathedral: Imagination, Christianity, and Progress in Willa Cather's Death Comes For The Archbishop , in Religion and the Arts, 1999.

"The Trojan Myth: Postmodern Reverberations," in Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, spring 1993.

"The Riddle Nature Could Not Prove: Hidden Landscapes in John Clare's Poetry", in John Clare in Context, edited by Hugh Haughton and Adam Phillips, Cambridge University Press, 1994.

"A Peculiar Blending: Powys' Anglo-American Synthesis in A Glastonbury Romance and Autobiography", Powys Notes, 1993.

"Telling Inside from Outside: Or, Who Really Killed Laura Palmer," in special issue on Twin Peaks of Literature/Film Quarterly, 1993.

"Between Gravity Star and Memory Flower: Space, Time, and Language in Janet Frame's The Carpathians," in Australian and New Zealand Studies in Canada. spring 1991.

"Gerald Murnane and the Power of Landscape," New Literatures Review, winter 1989; issue on post-colonialism edited by Bill Ashcroft.

Nicholas Birns with Gerald Murnane, Imre Salusinszky, University of Newcastle, September 19, 2001

"Agatha Christie: Modern and Modernist," (with Margaret Boe Birns) in The Cunning Craft: Original Essays on Detective Fiction and Contemporary Literary Theory, ed. Ronald G. Walker and June M. Frazer, An Essays in Literature book, Macomb, Illinois: 1990.

Lunch at Holiday Inn Shortlands, Newcastle, Australia, September 21, 2001, with (clockwise from left) seminar honoring Gerald Murnane






Review of "Theory After Theory" edited by Jane Elliot and Derek Attridge (Routledge, 2011) in Modernism/Modernity , 2013. Review of Araceli Tinajero, Kokoro in Ciberletras , July 2012. Review of Nahoko Minamoto Alvey, Strange Truths in Undiscovered Lands for Studies in Romanticism, 51.2, 2012 . Review of Ecopoetics for Jacket , 2010; Review of Joan Jonas, "The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things," Dia:Beacon, in PAJ, Review of dance concerts, Sourcing Stravinsky and Meg Stuart, Retrospectives and New Beginnings for PAJ , 84, September 2006, pp. 48-55. Review of New York Theatre Ballet for The Dance insider, April 2008.

Review of Peter Pierce, ed. The Cambridge History of Australian Literature, for The Australian Literary Review . Review of Christopher Flynn, Americans in British Literature, 1770-1832 for Symbiosis , 2010; Regular reviewer for CHOICE. Review of Babette Babich , Words In Blood, Like Flowers; Philosophy and Poetry, Music and Eros in Holderlin, Nietzsche, and Heidegger , for The Nietzsche Circle , Review of Patrick Parrinder, Novel & Nation , in Secret Harmonies: The Journal of the Anthony Powell Society, December 2006; Review of Bruce Dawe, Sometimes Gladness , John Kinsella, Shades of the Sublime and the beautiful , Dimitris Tsaloumas, Helen of Troy for Australian Book Review ,. Review of The Children of Hurin for Tolkien Studies 5, 2008, Review of Philip Fried, Big Men Speaking to Little Men, Barrow Street , Summer 2007. Review of Lauren M. E. Goodlad, The Victorian Novel and the Victorian State , Studies In The Novel , in Volume 38, number 2, summer 2006 issue, pp. 265-67, Kristine Swenson, Medical Women and Victorian Fiction, Victorian Studies , volume 47, number 3, spring 2005, pp. 481-83, Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei, Heidegger, Holderlin, and the Subject of Poetic Language in International Philosophical Quarterly , December 2005, Suzanne Rancourt, Billboard In The Clouds, American Book Review (2004), Judith Buckrich, The Montefiore Homes: 150 Years of Care , Tseen-Ling Khoo, Banana Bending: Asian-Australian and Asian-Canadian Literatures, and Darren Williams, Angel Rock, for Australian Studies (2005), David S. Trigger and Gareth Griffiths, Disputed Territories: Land, Culture and Identity in Settler Societies , in Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies (fall 2003, volume 10, number 2, pp. 318-322), review of Philip Pothen, Nietzsche and the Fate of Art , for Nietzsche Circle , review of Janis McLarren Caldwell, Literature and Medicine in Nineteenth-Century Britain: From Mary Shelley to George Eliot in Literature and Medicine , volume 24, number 2, fall 2005, pp. 318-21, reviews of Kurt Lancaster, Interacting with Babylon 5, David Lavery and Rhonda V. Wilcox, Fighting The Forces: WhatÐœs At Stake in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Roz Kaveney, Reading the Vampire Slayer: The Unofficial Critical Companion to Buffy and Angel . Donald E. Palumbo, Chaos Theory, Asimov's Foundations and Robots , and Herbert's Dune : The Fractal Aesthetic of Epic Science Fiction, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Eternal Savage and Robert W. Fenton, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan , Atara Stein, The Byronic Hero in Film, Fiction, and Television in Science Fiction Studies , 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Ann Romines, Willa Cather's Southern Connections, Southern Quarterly (2001). Reviews of Millicent Dillon, A Version of Love , Marshall Boswell, The Trouble With Girls, Gerald Murnane, The Plains , Carl Tighe, The Burning Worm Jose Manuel Prieto, Nocturnal Butterflies of the Russian Empire , Robert Phillips, News About People You Know , Dannie Abse, Ash on A Young man's Sleeve The Review of Contemporary Fiction, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, Christian Bok, ed., Ground Works: Avant-Garde for Thee in Rain Taxi (2004), Sarah Zimmerman, Romanticism, Lyricism, and History , Studies in Romanticism (2003), Review of Jed Esty, A Shrinking Island: Modernism and National Culture in England , in Powys Society Newsletter , 2005; Elizabeth Smither's A Question of Gravity in Jacket , Patrick D. Morrow, Post-Colonial Essays on the South Pacific in National Forum (1998), Sandor Goodhart, Sacrificing Commentary: Reading the End of Literature, Michael Wiley, Romantic Geography: Wordsworth and Anglo-European Spaces , South Atlantic Review (1997, 2000), Toby R. Benis, Romanticism on the Road , European Romantic Review (Summer 2001), Roger Arnaldez, Three Messengers for One God , David Goslee, Romanticism and the Anglican Newman , James Muldoon, Varieties of Religious Conversion in the Middle Ages , Christianity and Literature (1995, 1997, 1998), Leon Litwack, John Mason Neale and the Quest for Sobornost, St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly (1995), Lynn Bridgers, DeathÐœs Deceiver, and Rodney Stenning Edgecombe, Two Poets of the Oxford Movement: John Keble and John Henry Newman, Religion and the Arts (1998), Kerri Sakamoto, The Electrical Field, M. G. Vassanji, The In-Between World of Vikram Lall , Wayson Choy, Paper Shadows, , Randy Boyagoda, Governor of the Northern Province Christl Verduyn,ed., Essays on Aritha van Herk , Srdja Pavlovic, ed. Threshold: An Anthology of Contemporary Writing from Alberta , David Bezmozgis, Natasha , David Bergen, The Time In-Between , Elizabeth Dahab, Voices in the Desert: Anthology of Arabic-Canadian Women Writers , Canadian Ethnic Studies (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006), Robert Neuwirth, Shadow Cities for The History News Network , George Dickerson's Selected Poems 1959-1999 and David R. Slavitt's ReVerse in The Hollins Critic , (2003, 2004), Patricia Carlin, Original Green , Manhattan Review , (2003) Northrop Frye, Student Essays, and Imre Salusinszky, Oxford Book of Australian Essays, Canadian Review of Comparative Literature (1998, 1999) and David G. Brooks, The House of Balthus, Westerly (1996). Review of Jerome Sala's Look Slimmer Instantly in Jacket . Also many reviews for Antipodes from 1989 to the present, including reviews of Carmel Bird, The White Garden , McKenzie Wark, Celebrities, Culture, and Cyberspace , Delia Falconer, The Service of Clouds , and Nicholas Jose, The Red Thread .

Reviews of Duff Brenna, Holy Book of the Beard, and Alasdair Gray, A History Maker, for The New York Times Book Review (March 17, 1996 and August 18, 1996).

Review-article on medieval historiography (reviewing Joaquin Martinez Pizarro, Writing Ravenna The Liber Pontificalis of Andreas Agnellus , Kenneth Baxter Wolf, Making History: The Normans and their Historians in Eleventh-century Italy, Felice Lifshitz, The Norman Conquest of Pious Neustria , Patrick Geary, Phantoms of Remembrance: Memory and Oblivion at the End of the First Millennium for CLIO: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History (volume 26, number 2, winter 1997)




Secretary-Treasurer, Council of Editors of Learned Journals , 2007-2011. This involves an extensive degree of administrative work, including maintaining databases and paying bills, as well as a role in determining the intellectual agenda of the organization, which is well known in US humanities academia. Largely drafted official CELJ Statement on Special Issues, October 2008.

Elected Member, The Guild of Scholars of the Episcopal Church , 1998- ; service as President 2007-2011.

The Guild is an elected organization of approximately forty lay Episcopal academics in various disciplines. As President, I determine the makeup of the annual program and decide on the ongoing intellectual agenda of the group.

Editor, Antipodes (the journal of the American Association for Australian Literary Studies ), 2001- Antipodes is a global journal which examines a national literature in an international, interdisciplinary and theoretical contexts, and includes scholars from all over the world. Under my leadership, it has became more academic in focus and has achieved recognition as a notable journal in postcolonial studies. Under my editorship, it has consistently received grants from the Literature Fund of the Australia Council for the Arts. Seicla issues have been devoted to Asia and AUstralia (June 2010=1), Australia and Latin a=America (December 2010) and transnational Antipodeanism (December 2011). I served as Book Review Editor of the journal from 1994-2000 and Associate Book Review Editor from 1993-1994.

Editor, Powys Notes (the journal of the Powys Society of North America), 1998-2002. Included writing "Notes and Comment" column for each issue as well as handling all subscription and banking matters.

Voting Member, National Book Critics Circle , from 2005 to present

Member, Authors Guild , 2010-

Board Member, the Church Club of New York, 2017-

Member, Advisory Board, Foucault Society , 2004-2008

Board Member, Anglican Society , 2005-

Listed in Marquis Who's Who in America, 2000 to present (2006); Who's Who In The World 2003 to present (2006)


Invited speaker at British Associatoon of Victorian Studies conference, Exeter, UK, August 2018 ,/p>

Invited speaker at Roberto Bolano conference, Wellesley College, November 2017.

Keynote speaker at Anthony Powell Conference, York, UK, April 2016

Convenor of, and invited speaker on, panel on Australian Trollope for the 2015 Trollope Bicentennial Conference, Leuven, Belgium, September 17-19, 2015.

Lecturer and seminars in China in June-July 2015 in Hohhot, Beijing, and Shanghai, speaking on Australian and American Literature; I returned to China (Beijing) in summer 2016.

Plenary address on World War One and the restructuring of Anglophone Literature, Banjo Luka, Republika Sprska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, October 2014

Talk on Anthony Powell to special Anthony Powell Society conference in Venice, October 2014


Talk on Hannah Kent's Burial Rites , ASAL conference, Sydney., July 2014

Talk on Episcopal-Methodist dialogues, Guild of Scholars of the Episcopal Church, Cincinnati, OH, October 27, 2013.

Keynote invited talk, conference on The ROod Ahead in Australian literature , Macquarie University, Australia, June 21-22 2013.

From Semantics to Semiotics to What? The Vexed Relationship Between Linguistics and Recent Literary Criticism," talk delivered at Penn State University, March 21, 2013, followed the next day by consultations with students on editing and publishing.

Keynote invited talk, Christina Stead conference , University of Western Australia, Perth, WA, November 22-23, 2012.

Participated in reading and discussion on transfeminism in literature, hosted by Belladonna Collective and funded by Poets & Writers Inc. Poets House, New York, September 27, 2012, other participants included TL Cowan, Joy Ladin, Trace Petersen, and Trish Salah.

lecture on John Cowper Powys at Roeliff Jansen Community Library , Hillsdale, NY, September 22, 2012.

Talks on "The Gospel According to Clint Eastwood" to the Episcopal Church Women at Grace Church, New York, co-led with Drucilla Cornell , September 13, 20, 27, 2012.

"Does Idealism Preclude Heroism? Shirley Hazzard's United Nations writings," at Hazzard Symposium at Columbia University, September 8, 2012, co-convened by Nicholas Birns and Brigitta Olubas of the University of New South Wales


Borage and Hellebore . Talk on the non- Dance work of Anthony Powell, given at St. James Church, Piccadilly , London, on March 17, 2012; an Anthony Powell Society special event.

Talk on Anna Laetitia Barbauld, "Eighteen Hundred and Eleven," and 1812, as part of the New School's 1812 festival ,/A>, February 27, 2012.

"The Novel Uncontained: Tolstoy and British FIction". At Tolstoy for the 21st Century Conference , the New School, New York, October 14-17, 2010; also given at CUNY Victorian seminar, October 12, 2011.

Invited talk at the Free University of Berlin DAAD-sponsored seminar on "Australian Literatures Local and Global", February 17, 2010, Berlin.

Talk on Jack Lindsay, Patrick White, Australia, and Byzantium, given at the Australian medievalism conference, University of Wollongong, January 19-21, 2010.

Missed Appointments: American Literary Travelers Down Under," At Harvard Symposium in Australian Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, October 31, 2009.

Keynote address on Australian-British literary relations, given to the September 2009 conference of the Deutscher Anglistenverband . Klagenfurt, Austria.

"Theory, the Postcolonial, and the Global: A Practical View". Talk to University of Calgary English Department, February 26, 2009.

Visiting Research Fellowship at University of Wollongong, Australia, June 25-July 20, 2008, including participation on keynote panel at the Association for the Study of Australian literature (ASAl) conference, July 1, 2008. Invited lecture series on the Bible as literature to Trinity Episcopal Church , Tulsa, Oklahoma, April 13-14, 2008.

"'The Touch of Sea in Greeting', Judith Wright: Poet, Housewife, Ecofeminist". Given in Gender Studies minor lecture series, New School, December 4, 2007.

"The Bible as Literature: Historical Traditions" Given to Smithsonian Associates , Washington, DC, September 15, 2007.

"When Neglected Books Are Revived: William Godwin and Dawn Powell" In the History of the Book series of the Syracuse University library , given December 1, 2006.

"Anthony Powell and the Twentieth Century." At The New School, Fridays@One series, October 13, 2006.

Talk on Anthony Powell's Dance To The Music of Time at the Wallace Collection , London, January 21, 2006.

Talk to Scarsdale Woman's Club on James Fenimore Cooper, Scarsdale, NY, October 26, 2005.

"Epic and Anti-Epic in Anthony Powell's Writing," at Anthony Powell Symposium at Georgetown University Library, September 30, 2005.

Lecture to Wells College History Club on Australian History, Wells College, Aurora, NY, November 17, 2004.

"Old Text, New Faces: Kingsley's Hypatia and Cultural Transmission" at CUNY Victorian Seminar, November 3, 2004.

Talk on Understanding Anthony Powell at Powell Society AGM, New Cavendish Club, London, October 23, 2004

"Receptacle or Reversal?: Transporting Victorian Time to the Antipodes in Marcus Clarke's For The Term of His Natural Life and in Colonial Australian Culture", at the Conference on Colonial Victorianism at the Graduate Center , CUNY, May 2, 2003.

Research Visitor, University of Newcastle (Australia), August-September, 2001. Included consultation on designing the website for the Centre for Australian Writing; co-convening the Gerald Murnane Seminar; and co-editing (with Imre Salusinszky) an essay collection emanating from the Murnane seminar which appeared in the Swedish journal ARTES . Also gave a public lecture on Seamus Heaney and globalization at Newcastle, as well as a lecture, "Dispensable Nation: Australian literature in an era of metropolitan hegemony" given at University of Southern Queensland and Deakin University and a lecture, "Joseph Furphy's Such Is Life : A New Overview" at the University of New England (Armidale).

Lectures on Australian and American literature, University of Stockholm, February 24 and 25, 1997. Lectures on Wallace Stevens and Les Murray, University of Stockholm , March 9 and 10, 1998



Essays on Edward III and on The Winter's Tale for Facts on File Companion to Shakespeare , edited by William Baker of Northern Illinois University and Kenneth Womack of Penn State, 2012, ISBN 9780816078202. .

Essays on Anthony Powell and Peter Carey for The Blackwell's Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Fiction, 2010.

Essay on Anglicanism for the Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodoxy , edited by John McGuckin of Union Theological Seminary, 2011 from Blackwell.

Entries on the Eclectic Review , Harmsworth's Magazine , and The Daily Telegraph FOR the Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism, edited by Andrew King

Entry on Raul Hilberg's The Destruction of the European Jews in Magill's Choice: Holocaust Literature , Salem Press, 2008.

Reviews of the theology of Miroslav Volf and Albrecht Ritschl, the poetry of Scott Cairns, Terri Witek and David Middleton and the fiction of Thomas B. Costain for Masterplots II: Christian Literature, 2007 from Salem Press, Pasadena, CA.

Entries on Alfredo Stroessner, Leopoldo Galtieri, and Erik XIV of Sweden for Great Lives From History, 2007 from Salem Press.

Entry on V. S. Naipaul for Dictionary of Literary Biography volumre on Nobel Prize winners. 2007.

Essays on Wendy Lill, James Reaney, and Rudy Wiebe for Encyclopedia of Modern Drama , from Columbia University Press, edited by Gabrielle Cody of Vassar College

Essays on Richard Oakes and Ned Hatathli for American Indian Biographies , R. Kent Rasmussen, ed., Salem Press, Pasadena, CA, 2005.

Essay on V. S. Naipaul's In A Free State , in DLB volume on Booker Prize winners, edited by Merritt Moseley of UNC-Asheville

Contributor of essays on Measure for Measure, The Phoenix and Turtle and Sonnets 73 and 74 to Student's Guide to Shakespeare, edited by Joseph Rosenblum, Greenwood Press, 2005.

Essays on Janice Mirikitani, Louis Chu, and John Yau for DLB volume on Asian American Writers, ed. Deborah L. Madsen, University of Geneva, 2004.

Essay on the short fiction of Hugh Nissenson for DLB volume on American Short Fiction since 1945, third series, edited by Patrick Meanor and Richard E. Lee, SUNY College at Oneonta.

Essays on Carlos Wilcox and Manoah Bodman for Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poetry , edited by Jeffrey Gray of Seton Hall University.

Essays on Zimbabwean and New Zealand/Maori literature for the Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Literature, 2001, edited by John C. Hawley of Santa Clara University , Greenwood Press.

Essay on John Cowper Powys for the Theodore Dreiser Encyclopedia, edited by Keith Newlin of University of North Carolina, from Greenwood Press, 2003

Essays on 'deconstruction' and 'the end of history' for The Routledge Encyclopedia of Postmodernism, edited by Victor Taylor of Pennsylvania State University (York), Routledge, 2001. (Copy-edited by Morgen Witzel).

Entries on Les Murray, Kevin Hart, John Kinsella, Kenneth Slessor, Christopher Brennan, Vincent Buckley, and Robert Gray for Who's Who in Twentieth Century World Poetry, edited by Mark Willhardt with Alan Michael Parker (foreword by Andrew Motion), London: Routledge, 2000.

Essays on John Pierpont and Fitz-Greene Halleck for the Companion to Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century, Chicago and London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1998, edited by Eric Haralson of SUNY-Stony Brook.

Entry on P. F. Kluge for the 2002 Dictionary of Literary Biography yearbook, 2003 (Columbia, SC: Bruccoli Clark Layman).

Entry on Louis de Bernières for The Dictionary of Literary Biography , Contemporary British Novelists, volume 271, volume ed. Merritt Moseley, 2003.

Essay on the poem Curriculum Vitae by Samuel Menashe, Masterplots II: Poetry , Salem Press, 1992. Also survey essay on the career of Samuel Menashe for Magill's Choice , 2002.

Essay on Olive Schreiner for Fifty Postcolonial African Writers, edited by Pushpa N. Parekh of Spelman College, Greenwood Press, 1997.

Essays on Evan Connell, Herman Wouk, John Hollander, Marietta Holley, Alfred Corn, Samuel Seabury, and John Lothrop Motley for The Encyclopedia of American Literature, edited by Steven Serafin of Hunter College, Continuum Books, 1999

Essays on Juan Rulfo and Cecile Piñeda for Masterpieces of Latino Literature, published by HarperCollins, 1994


""Spirits Lingering: Christianity and Modernity in Twentieth Century American Literature." Approved by New York University English Department, January 1992; panel included Harold Bloom, Perry Meisel, Anselm Haverkamp . After an opening theoretical chapter, the dissertation discussed the fiction of Willa Cather and Zora Neale Hurston, along with the poetry of Wallace Stevens and Robert Frost.


Professor, New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies, 2016- Teaching courses on Australian and Victorian fiction.

Fsculty, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, summer 2015, 201672017.

Faculty, the New School , 1995–2016, in Literature Program, Eugene Lang College , 2005-- , COURSES TAUGHT: Moby-Dick , Emerson and Thoreau , History of Literary Criticism , The American Short Story , Literary Foundations, Shakespeare , Nineteenth Century British Fiction , Classics of Modern American Drama , Eighteenth Century Literature , Three Epic Plays , American Literature (postmodern American fiction; Regionalism and Naturalism in American Fiction; modern survey, and 1945 to present survey), The American Short Story, The Fantastic Real: Literature at the Millennium, Contemporary Literary Theory , History of Literary Criticism, Ancient Greek Drama , Topics in Lit Theory: The New Historicism; Asian Religion and Deconstruction; Postcolonialism and Maghreb Literature; The Historical Novel; Twentieth Century American Drama in Literary History , Four American Classics; The Bible as Literature (Genesis, Exodus, Joshua, Judges, Ruth), History of the Novel, Introduction to Literary Studies, the American Short Story, Expanding the Novel (twentieth century experimental writing), Postcolonial Survey.

In summer 2011, I taught in the EnGAGE program of the Institute for Urban Education , teaching rising senior high school students in a course on diversity, racial identity, and educational narratives.

Teaching consultant, College of New Rochelle (School of New Resources, Co-Op City Campus) , 1996-2002, main campus, 2012-2017. Responsibilities included advising advanced students in literature and mentoring student Prior Learning Portfolios in several disciplines and other advising, tutorial, and evaluative functions. Also taught African American Literature in an "advanced composition" format several times

Visiting Assistant Professor, Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT, 1992-1993. Taught Postmodern American Literature, Literature of the 1970s, Introduction to Australian Fiction, Survey of American Literature, American Antebellum Prose, Advanced Composition.


 'After 1966.' On Theory session organized by the MLA Division on Comparative Studies in 20th-Century Literature and the Division on Literary Criticism. Modern Language Association, January 5-8, 2013, Boston. 


Organized and chaired panel including three New School colleagues (Juan de Castro, Federico Finchelstein, Sara Villa) at the NECLAS annual conference, November 3, 2012, at Yale University; also giving paper entitled "Extending the 'Canon occidental' : Harold Bloom and the Latin American Canon."

Historicizing Deconstruction, Conceptualizing Allegory: James Paxson's Embodiment of Theory, 47th International Congress on medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 10-13, 2012.

'Benny Agbayani: Hero of the Multicultural Mets.' Given at the 50th anniversary of the New York Mets conference, Hofstra University, April 26-28, 2012.

Are We Now All Anti-Colonial? Mario Vargas Llosa's Late Turn Against Imperialism in El sueño del celta . Northeast New England Council of Latin American Studies conference, Dartmouth College , Hanover, NH, November 5, 2011.

To London Then I Came: The Presence and Absence of London in A Dance to the Music of Time . Given at sixth biennial Anthony Powell conference, Naval and Military Club, London, September 2, 2011.

The Other Moby-Dick : Lima, The Lusiads , and the Indian Ocean on the Pequod’s Voyage, at Third Conference on Orientalisms, University of California, Merced, April 2011.

"Rereading Kangaroo : Lawrence, Bourdieu, Thirroul." Presented at the American Association of Australian Literary Studies conference, University of Calgary, February 27-28, 2009.

"Appropriation in the Backlands: Mario Vargas Llosa and Euclides da Cunha," at Modern Language Association convention, San Francisco, December 27-30, 2008; also presented at LASA conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 13, 2009

Participant in Symposium on Editorship, Modern Language Association, Chicago, December 27-30, 2007.

"By Doom Mastered: The Turin Story in Tolkien's legendarium". Presented at the Tolkien 2007 conference, University of Vermont, April 14, 2007.

"Cosmopolitan Worlds: Adeline Tintner, Henry James, and Historical Reading". At MLA convention (session sponsored by Henry James Society ), Philadelphia, December 30, 2006.

"New Research Directions in Australian Poetry," at MLA convention, Philadelphia, December 2006

"John Kinsella's Graphology Poems." At SAMLA conference, Dallas, TX, October 2006.

"A Perpetual Afterthought: Pater and Cultural Transition" for Walter Pater: New Questions, Latent Questionings conference , at Rutgers University , New Brunswick, NJ, July 28, 2006.

"Franz Kafka and Octavia Butler: Anamorphosis as Transcendence". At Science Fiction Research Association conference, White Plains, NY, June 23, 2006

'The Vast Backcloths: Is There an Institutional Past in Middle-Earth," at Tolkien 2006 conference, University of Vermont , April 2006

"Professor Gollum: The Aims of Education in The Lord of the Rings ." International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts , Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 17, 2006.

"Cosmopolitan Convict: Marcus Clarke's Reshuffling Of The Past." MLA convention, 28 December 2005, Washington, DC

"Tyrannous Use: Angelo in Measure for Measure as Seneschal and Would-Be Master". In special session on Shakespearean Comedy at South Central Modern Language Association conference, Houston, TX, October 26, 2005.

"The Earth's Revenge": Nature and Diaspora in Larissa Lai's Salt Fish Girl ." At Canadian Ethnic Studies Association conference, Ottawa, ON, October 15, 2005.

"The Unknown War: The Last of the Mohicans and the Effacement of the Seven Years War in American Historical Myth". Presented at the 15th Annual James Fenimore Cooper Conference and Seminar, June 13, 2005, State University of New York College at Oneonta , Oneonta, NY.

"Revision, Melodrama, and Deep Ecology: The Case of Radagast." At Tolkien 2005 conference, University of Vermont , Burlington, VT, April 2, 2005.

"Multum in Parvo: Cosmopolitanism in William Godwin's Caleb Williams ", at North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) conference, University of Colorado , Boulder, CO, September 9, 2004.

" Falling Walls and Instant Messages: Australian Literature and Globalization After 1989 " at ANZSANA conference, February 19-21 2004, Toronto, ON

"Too Big for the Boutique: "China" and Anglophone Multiculturalism in Nicholas Jose and Ouyang Yu.": at MLA Conference, San Diego, CA, December 27, 2003.

"Thy World, Columbus!": Barbauld and Global Space, 1803, "1811", 1812, 2003, at North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) conference, Fordham University-Lincoln Center , NY, August 1-5, 2003.

"The Great West Road: The Significance of the Powell-Fitzgerald Connection". Presented at the second biennial Anthony Powell Conference, Balliol College, Oxford, UK, April 7, 2003.

"Curve of Changeover: John Updike's 1990s Christian Trilogy" , presented at the 2002 Northeast Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature , St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY, October 25, 2002.

"Thoughts Out Of Season: Stances Toward Christian Tradition in Henry James" presented at the 1999 Northeast Regional Christianity and Literature Conference, Nyack College , Nyack, NY, November 5, 1999

"Against Millennial Bombast: Les Murray, Elliot Perlman, and Cultural Packaging", presented at the American Association for Australian Literary Studies conference, Park City, UT, April 1999.

"Australian Literature as Anglophone Literature," presented at the Modern Language Association convention, Washington DC, December 1996.

"Christian-Islamic Relations in Dante and Chaucer: Reflections on Recent Criticism" presented at the Northeast Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, Regis College, MA, October 1996.

"A Historical Crossing: Nicholas Jose and Australia-Asia Relations," presented at the conference of the American Association for Australian Literary Studies, Humboldt State University , Arcata, CA, April 1996.

"Femininity and Colonialism in Olive Schreiner's 'Policy in Favor of Protection--'," presented at the Commonwealth and Post-Colonial Studies Conference, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA, April 1995.

"Scripture and Free Reference in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Pearl of Orr's Island," presented at the Conference on Religion and the Literary Imagination, LeMoyne College , Syracuse, NY, October 1993.

"Gower's Knowledge: World History, Occupatio, and the Prologue to the Confessio Amantis," presented at the International Conference on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University , Kalamazoo, MI, May 1990.

"Hopkins Contra Hegel: Time and Event in the Wreck of the Deutschland ", presented at the Hopkins Centennial Conference, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, October 1989.

"Martin Bernal's Black Athena and Contemporary Cultural Criticism", presented at the Discourse of Ideology/Ideology of Discourse conference, New York University, April 1989.


On William Riley Parker prize selection committee, MLA, 2013-2016. Helping select prize for best article published in PMLA in the preceding year.

Guest-edited and wrote introduction for special issue of the Pennsylvania Literary Journal, "New Formalism of/on the Contemporary."

Memorial notice for Samuel Menashe, Samuel Menashe 1925-2011 , published with Menashe's last poem, Reproduce! in The Harvard Review , issue 41, 2011.

"People Turn Into Parts of The World," a creative nonfiction essay in Duff Brenna and Walter Cummins, eds., Surviving Ourselves: Male Authors on the Art of Aging

, Serving House Books , 2011.

Australia mas cerca , article on Australian literature for Babelia section of Spanish newspaper El Pais (tr. Fernando Revueltas), May 7, 2011.

On Academic Curriculum Committee, Eugene Lang College, October 2010 to present

On Lang Faculty Council, September 2011 to May 2013


Guest-edited special Australian issue of Review of Contemporary Fiction , fall 2007. Writers included: Carmel Bird, Delia Falconer, Tom Flood, Christopher Cyrill, Tim Richards, Brenda Walker, Gerald Murnane, Thomas Shapcott, John Kinsella, Ouyang Yu.

Taught Foucault Society seminar on Michel Foucault's The Order Of Things, Hunter College, June-July 2007.

Received travel grant from Writing On The Edge , University of California, Davis, to interview Frank Kermode in England, summer 2005. The result was published as "'Some Kind of Creative Pulse': An Interview with Frank Kermode." With John Boe. In Writing on the Edge , volume 16, number 2, spring 2006, pp. 9-19.

Directed Senior Work of Adam Burchard, "A Genius of Deep Crime: Poe and the Market," Eugene Lang College, spring 2006. Directed senior work of Kelleen Maluski, "The Paragraph Was a Gage of Battle": The Literary Phenomenon of Jonathan Edwards, Eugene Lang College, fall 2007. Directed senior work of Teresa Rose Nimirowski, Novelistic Principles of Balzac's Avant Propos: As Discovered & Cultivated in the Renaissance works by Rabelais & the Ancient Authors: Apuleius & Petronius," Eugene Lang College, spring 2008. Directed senior thesis of Margot Kent, "A Cut Above the Rest: The Nonfiction narratives of Anthony Bourdain and Michael Lewis," Eugene Lang College, fall 2008. Directed senior work of sparrowandra Sourbis, "The Life and Literature of the Daughter of Transcendentalism," Eugene Lang College, spring 2010/ Directed senior work of Kaleb Offenbacher “The self-conscious allegory of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden: a realism to remind humanity of its 'invisible tails", Eugene Lang College, spring 2011. Directed senior work of Benjamin Hokamp, "An Inheritance They Have Preserved From Their Childhood: Development in Literature from Wordsworth to Woolf," spring 2011, Michael Scott, "What Art, Known to Love or Cunning: Virginia Woolf, Communal Consciousness, and Form", Eugene Lang College, fall 2011, Ruthie Dreyer, "Australian Nature Writing: A Beautiful Land with an Ugly Past", Jessica Bailey, "The Things That Lie Sleeping: Mythology in Neil Gaiman's American Gods , Eugene Lang College, spring 2012


Moderated panel, "The Aesthetics of the Body" at The Body: Ethos and Ethics , Sponsored by the Foucault Society , October 6-7, 2006, at The New School and Hunter College.

Moderated morning session of CUNY Victorian Conference, May 2008 and May 2012

On Episcopal-Methodist dialogue committee, Diocese of New York, from January 2009

Board member, Board of Campus Ministries for the Diocese of New York ,/A>, from spring 2011.

On Literature Committee, New School, Eugene Lang College, Spring 2005; organized and chaired panel on "Reading After Theory" at university-wide literature symposium on April 20, 2005.

Consultant on translation into Italian of selected works by Edgar Allan Poe , with critical commentary, edited by the late Dott. Prof. Maddalena Raimondi Capasso (1937-2008) of Milan , published in 2006 by the Arezzo -based company Alberti . I also assisted Professor Capasso on a previous anthology of Anglophone literature, Guidelines .

On editorial boards of JASAL, Transnational Literatures , Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies , Journal of AUstralian Studies , Anthem Press's Australian Humanities Research Series , and Zeitscrift fur Australienstudien .

Manuscript reviewer for College Literature, (1997 to present), Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts , 2006, Writing On The Edge (2004, 2005), Studies in the Novel(2000), South Atlantic Review (2000, 2003, 2005), Dickens Studies Annual 2004, PMLA , (2003), Comparative Literature Studies , 2004, LIT , 2008, Life Writing 2011, American Literary History , 2011, Ariel , 2012; Manuscript reader for Bucknell University Press, 1997, Modern Language Association, 2005, Anthem Press, 2011, 2012, Ashgate, 2011, Oxford University Press, 2012

Consultant on dissertations on Thomas Pynchon (Joakim Sigvardson), Dorothy Canfield Fisher (Annika Ljung-Baruth), and John Banville (Joakim Wrethed), University of Stockholm , 2002, 2006.

Outside examiner on dissertations, Western Michigan University, the University of New England , Deakin University , Flinders University , the University of Sydney ,The University of Melbourne, Rhodes University (South Africa), The University of Western Australia, and the University of New South Wales

Referee on promotion and tenure for St. Mary's College, 2010, Hampshire College, 2010, College of New Rochelle , 2000, Deakin University, 2004, University of Alaska, Fairbanks , 2004, University of Calgary , 2005, Auburn University , 2005.

On Organizing Committee, American Federation of Teachers union, New School chapter, 2003; Executive Committee, United Auto Workers, Local 7902 , spring 2004

On Executive Committee, Anthony Powell Society , 2000 to 2011; Chair of subcommitee on Powell centennial, 2003-05. Convener of 2009 conference at Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

Consultant for documentary on Harold Bloom produced by Films for the Humanities and Sciences in coordination with Facts On File and Prodimag ; interviewed Bloom for the project, November 3, 2007; documentary released in 2009.

On committee to determine funding of part-time faculty conference proposals, Eugene Lang College, October 2008; committee on multi-year appointments, the New School, spring 2009


On grade review committee, College of New Rochelle , February 2000.

On Bigelow Paine Cushman award committee, Western Connecticut State University , 1993.

interviewed by Joseph Michael Owens in 2011 issue of Grey Sparrow

On literature curriculum review committee, New School University, spring 2001, 2002.

Moderated online forum, "Is This a Christian Country?", New School University, February 2003.

Coordinated Literature Live series at The Knitting Factory , spring 2004.

Organizer and moderator of forum on Ira Katznelson's When Affirmative Action Was White at the Wolfson Center, New School, January 25, 2006. Panelists included Angela Dillard, Katherine Newman, John Judis, and Ira Katznelson.







Essay on Nietzsche and ressentiment for Nietzsche Circle website

Chaired and organized conference at CUNY Graduate Center , "Australian Literature: The Global and the Local", April 2000.

Organized and chaired a session on the First World War and the British Dominions, World War One Conference, Fort Hays State University , Hays, KS , April 12-14, 1996.

Taught course at New York Society Library on the Australian novel , April-June 2014.

Letter on South Africa and "holism", PMLA Forum, January 1992

Letter on 'the British Empire', PMLA Forum, March 2003.

English department nominee for Graduate Dissertation Award, New York University, 1992.

Articles in New York Stories (2000), Writing on the Edge (1994), Downtown (1986), The Anglican (essays on Willa Cather, T.S. Eliot, Louis Auchincloss, Vassar Miller, Anne RIdler, Edith Wharton/William Dean Howells, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011), and the Anthony Powell Newsletter (2000, 2001, 2002) and Secret Harmonies: The Journal of the Anthony Powell Society , in nearly every issue since its inception. Lori Through The Looking Glass: A New Perspective on the Berenson Case , September 28, 2005, published by the Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Wrote foreword to Delphic Intimations: Dialogues With Australian Writers and Critics , by Pradeep Trikha, 2007, New Delhi: Sarup and Sons.

Lecturing and Service Outside the Academy

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