Acting Department Head
Building & Room:
601 S Morgan St.
Nicholas Brown teaches African literature as well as British literature and critical theory. His research interests include Marxism, the history of aesthetics, Lusophone literature, and music studies. His first book, Utopian Generations: The Political Horizon of Twentieth-Century Literature (Princeton, 2005), examines the relationship between African literature and European modernism, and the relationship of each to continuing crises in the global economic system.
His new book, Autonomy: The Social Ontology of Art Under Capitalism (Duke, 2019), asserts the resumption of the modernist sequence — not always in the expected places — in the era after postmodernism.
2000 PhD Program in Literature, Duke University
1993 BA Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University