Faculty of Arts - English, Drama and Writing Studies

Distinguished Professor Brian Boyd

MA (Cant), PhD (Tor), NZRAH, FRSNZ

Distinguished Professor

Distinguished Professor Brian Boyd

English, Drama and Writing Studies, Humanities

Email: b.boyd@auckland.ac.nz

Extension: 87480 (ph + 64 9 373 7599)

Arts 1 Building
14a Symonds St
Level 6
Room 602

Research interests

Karl Popper; narrative, evolution and cognition; the novel (especially Austen, Tolstoy, Joyce, Nabokov); Shakespeare; Spiegelman; literature and science; biography.


Current research


Annotations to Ada (ongoing, The Nabokovian, 1993 - ): and on the Internet as ADAonline, www.ada.auckland.ac.nz

Co-editor, with Olga Voronina, Nabokov, Letters to Véra, Penguin / Knopf, 2014.

Co-editor, with Marijeta Bozovic, Nabokov Upside Down, MQUP, 2014.

Co-editor, with Anastasia Tolstoy, Think, Write, Speak: Uncollected Essays, Reviews and Interviews, Penguin.



Karl Popper: A Life (in preparation).

Postgraduate supervision


Zachary Norwood, From Object to Affect: A Neurocritical approach to Representation, Emotion, and Value Attribution under Reader-Response. 2006-13.

Richard Viskovic, The Viral Realities of Philip K. Dick: Alienation, Marginalisation and the Privileging of the Idios Kosmos in the Mid-Period Fiction of Philip K. Dick, 2009-13.

Ania Grant. From Mr Darcy to Mr Big: sexual selection and female choice in popular narratives for women. 2009-

Anaise Irvine. Children of Chaos: Genetic inheritance as a chaotic-deterministic system in heredity narratives. 2010-.

Maria MacKay, Klytaimestra and Gender Conflict, 2012-.



Timothy Smith. Induction and the Justification of Scientific Theories. 2013-14.

Recent publications

Why Lyrics Last: Evolution, Cognition, and Shakespeare's Sonnets. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012.

Stalking Nabokov: Selected Essays. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.

(As editor.) Pale Fire: A Poem in Four Catnos by John Shade. Berkeley, CA: Ginkgo, 2011.

(As co-editor, with Joseph Carroll and Jonathan Gottschall.) Evolution, Literature, and Film: A Reader. Nw York: Columbia University Press, 2010.

On the Origins of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction, Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009.

Distinguished Professor Brian Boyd's Recent Publications

Career history

1979-80 The University of Auckland Postdoctoral Fellowship in New Zealand Literature

1980- Department of English / English Drama, and Writing Studies, The University of Auckland

1994-95 Visiting Professor, Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis

2002 Visiting Professor, Nabokov Museum (St. Petersburg State University)


See Academia.edu for more of Brian Boyd's publications

Current teaching

Course Title Availability in 2014
ENGLISH 111 Literature From Sonnets to Comics Not offered in 2014.
ENGLISH 241 Literature and Science Not offered in 2014.
ENGLISH 756 Special Topic Not offered in 2014.

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