Brian Nelson is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. A graduate of the universities of Cambridge and Oxford, he was lecteur d’anglais at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, rue d’Ulm, Paris, and taught at Aberystwyth University, Wales, before being appointed Professor of French at Monash in 1985. He has been editor of the Australian Journal of French Studies (which is based at Monash) since 2002.
He is well known for his critical studies and translations of the novels of Emile Zola. These include The Cambridge Companion to Zola, Zola and the Bourgeoisie and translations (for Oxford World’s Classics) of The Fortune of the Rougons, The Belly of Paris, The Kill, Pot Luck and The Ladies’ Paradise.
He has also edited or co-edited numerous books on aspects of modern French and European culture. His latest publication is Perspectives on Literature and Translation: Creation, Circulation, Reception, co-ed. with Brigid Maher (Routledge, 2013).