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Robert Higney

Assistant Professor


Division of Humanities and the Arts




NAC 6/363

p: 212.650.8475


  • Profile

    My research focuses on British and Anglophone literature from the late nineteenth century to the present. I am especially interested in modernism's relationship to realism; imperialism, war, and decolonization; theories of character and totality; and the representation of institutions in the novel. I'm currently writing a book that examines how a range of modern writers developed innovative forms of literary character as a means of narrating not only the unique individual, but also the collective life of large institutions (like corporations, government agencies, or universities). An essay from this project, on Joseph Conrad's Nostromo, is forthcoming in NOVEL. I am also working on an essay about development and youthful protagonists in the fiction and criticism of C.L.R. James.


  • Education

    BA, Boston College
    MA, Johns Hopkins University
    PhD, Johns Hopkins University


  • Publications

    "'Law, Good Faith, Order, Security': Joseph Conrad's Institutions," forthcoming in NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction


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