Brian May

Brian May

Professor
Job Placement Adviser, 19th-century British Literature

Office: RH 321
Email: bmay1@niu.edu

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. University of Virginia; 1991
  • M.A. University of Virginia; 1986
  • B.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute; 1981

Professional Interests

  • Modernism, Edwardianism, The Novel, Postcolonial literature, Political and Philosophical approaches to literature
  • Works of E. M. Forster, Nadine Gordimer, Joseph Conrad, J.M. Coetzee

Selected Publications

  • “Extravagant Postcolonialism: Ethics and Individualism in Anglophonic, Anglocentric Postcolonial Fiction; Or, ‘What was (this) Postcolonialism?’” ELH: English Literary History 75.4 (winter 2008): 899-937.
  • “Reading Coetzee, Eventually.” Contemporary Literature 48.4 (Winter 2007).
  • “Romancing the Stump: Modernism and Colonialism in Forster’s Passage to India.” Modernism and Colonialism: British and Irish Literature, 1889-1939, Ed. Richard Begam and Michael Valdez Moses. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2007. 136-61.
  • The Modernist as Pragmatist: E. M. Forster and the Fate of Liberalism. Columbia and London: University of Missouri Press, 1997.

Contact us

Northern Illinois University
Department of English
Reavis Hall, Room 215
DeKalb, IL 60115

815-753-0611
815-753-0606 (Fax)