Dr Aaron Nyerges

Lecturer in American Studies, United States Studies Centre

Aaron Nyerges is a Lecturer in American Studies at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Sydney and a BA from the State University of New York. His articles have appeared in Textual PracticeSound Studies, the Australasian Journal of American Studies, and the Journal of Popular Culture.

The central question of Nyerges’ research is how literature operates in a multimedia environment, and how that media system produces geographic knowledge of the US in global context. His first book focuses on American literature’s presentation of national geography during the modernist era. Driven by archival research, the book analyses atlases, travel brochures, post cards, photographs, film locations and government publications along side major works of American literature by Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.

Aaron is teaching the following units in academic year 2018:


“Wilder than Adorno: Billy Wilder, State Capitalism, and Hollywood after Buchenwald,” Journal of Popular Culture 50, no. 4 [forthcoming August 2017].“

Phony City: Under the Skin of Authenticity” in Remaking New Orleans: Beyond Authenticity and Exceptionalism. Eds. Matt Sasakeeny and Thomas J. Adams. Durham: Duke University Press, forthcoming.

Styling Sovereignty: Gertrude Stein’s epideictic constitution of the USA,” Textual Practice 31, no. 1 (2017). 59-79. 

Hearing Hart Crane: In the shape of New York’s noiseSound Studies 2, no. 2 (2016). 107-188. 

"The Transmigration of West: Toward a Comparative Critical Regionalism” [With Golnar Nabizadeh]. Eds. Aaron Nyerges and Golnar Nabizadeh. "Pop West." Occassion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities 10 (2016).

"Populism and Propaganda in US Culture Industries" [with Rodney Taveira]. Eds. Rodney Taveira and Aaron Nyerges. "The State and US Culture Industries." Special Issue. Australasian Journal of American Studies 35, no. 1 (2016).

“Orienting the Coppolas: A New Approach to U.S. Film Imperialism,” Sydney Studies in English 40 (2014). 1-20.

“Immemorial Cinema: film, travel and Faulkner's poetics of space” in Faulkner and Film. Eds. Peter Lurie and Ann Abadie. Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 2014.

“The Digital Pacific: Jack Spicer, Michael Dransfield and the poetics of addictation.” Scenes of Reading: Australian Literature and the World Republic of Letters. Eds. Robert Dixon and Brigid Rooney. Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2013.

Areas of expertise

  • Literature, film and television
  • Gender, race and religion