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Nicholas Brown, PhD

Associate Professor

English; African American Studies


Building & Room:

1223 UH


601 S Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-4694


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Nicholas Brown CV


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 (forthcoming from Duke University Press), asserts the resumption of the modernist sequence — not always in the expected places — in the era after postmodernism.

Selected Publications


2000 PhD Program in Literature, Duke University

1993 BA Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University