Peter Nicholls

Henry James Professor; Professor of English

Ph.D. 1982, M.A. 1975, B.A. 1972, Cambridge

Office Address: 244 Greene Street room 507 New York, NY 10003
Office Hours: Fall 2014: Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00-12:00 and by appointment
Phone: 212-998-8837
Fax: 212-95-4019

Peter Nicholls has published widely on twentieth-century writing, with recent works including Modernisms: A Literary Guide (2nd ed. 2008) and George Oppen and the Fate of Modernism (2009). He is especially interested in connections between American and European poetry, and in the political and economic dimensions of literary texts. Nicholls arrived at NYU in 2009 after many years at the University of Sussex, where he was Professor of English and American Literature and editor of the journal Textual Practice.

Areas of Research/Interest
Twentieth-century British and American literature; international modernism; modern and contemporary poetry and poetics

External Affiliations
Member, British Association of American Studies; European Network of Avant-garde and Modernist Studies; Textual Practice, Editor, 2002-2009, North American Associate Editor, 2009-present

Finalist, Modernist Studies Association Book Prize; Arthur Miller Essay Prize; Leverhulme Research Fellowship; British Academy travel grant


Regarding the Popular: Modernism, the Avant-Garde, and High and Low Culture, coed (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2012)

Modernisms: A Literary Guide, 2nd expanded ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

George Oppen and the Fate of Modernism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.

The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century English Literature, co-ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Politics, Economics and Writing: A Study of Ezra Pound's 'Cantos'.  London: Macmillan, 1984.

Ruskin and Modernism, co-ed. London: Palgrave, 2001.

Europa! Europa? The Avant-Garde, Modernism and the Fate of the Continent, co-ed. Berlin: Verlag Walter de Gruyter, 2009.

On Bathos: Literature, Art, Music, co-ed. London: Continuum Books, 2010.

 Update your faculty profile