Susan Stanford Friedman

Hilldale Professor in the Humanities and Virginia Woolf Professor of English and Gender & Women's Studies

7103 Helen C. White Hall

Susan Friedman

My research interests include 20th and 21st Centuries American, British, and Anglophone world literatures; modernism/modernity; women’s writing (fiction, poetry, essay); feminist theory; comparative postcolonial, diaspora, migration, transnational, and border theory and literature; narrative theory; psychoanalysis; multiculturalism and race studies; contemporary cultural theory, especially anthropology and geography; film; and religion.

Gender-related Courses:

GWS/ENG 250: Women in Literature
GWS/ENG 310/443: Feminist Theory and Women’s Writing in English
GWS/ENG 737: Feminist Theory and Criticism
GWS 900: Approaches to Research in Gender and Women’s Studies

Selected Publications:

My most recent books include Planetary Modernisms: Provocations on Modernity Across Time (Columbia UP, 2015) and Comparison: Theories, Approaches, Uses (co-edited, Johns Hopkins UP, 2013). Earlier books include Psyche Reborn: The Emergence of H.D. (Indiana UP, 1981, 1987), the recipient of a Choice Outstanding Academic Books Award; Penelope’s Web: Gender, Modernity, H.D.’s Fiction (Cambridge UP, 1990); Mappings: Feminism and the Cultural Geographies of Encounter (Princeton UP, 1998; ebook, 2001), the recipient of the Perkins Prize for Best Book in Narrative Studies. She is the co-author of A Woman’s Guide to Therapy (Prentice Hall, 1979), the co-editor of Signets: Reading H.D. (University of Wisconsin Press, 1991), and the editor of Joyce: The Return of the Repressed (Cornell UP, 1992) and Analyzing Freud: Letters of H.D., Bryher, and Their Circle (New Directions , 2001).

I was the founding co-editor of Contemporary Women’s Writing, a prize winning Oxford University Press journal, and have published over seventy articles and book chapters on feminist theory and pedagogy, narrative theory, women’s poetry, modernism, autobiography, psychoanalysis, globalization and geopolitics, and identity; on writers such as H.D., Freud, Virginia Woolf, Julia Kristeva, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Adrienne Rich, James Joyce, E. M. Forster, Louise Erdrich, Gish Jen, Anna Deavere Smith, Gloria Anzaldua, and Arundhati Roy, Fatima Mernissi, Azar Nafisi, Tayeb Salih, and Leila Aboulela; and films and films such as The Crying Game, Mississippi Masala, Daughters of the Dust, and Borderline. She has guest-edited special issues of Contemporary Literature and Journal of Narrative Technique.

Journals in which my work has appeared include PMLA, Modernism/Modernity, Narrative, New Literary History, Modern Fiction Studies, Paideuma, Signs, Feminist Studies, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Genders, China Scholarship, New Comparison, Communal/Plural, Literature and Psychology, The Annual of Psychoanalysis, Religion and Literature, Agenda, Sagetrieb, Montemora, Poesis, LIT, Journal of Narrative Technique, College English, Women’s Studies, Iowa Review, South Carolina Review, Lingua Franca, MS. Magazine, Modern Philology, Women’s Review of Books, Mettelweg 36, Revista Critica de Ciencias Sociais, and med.Azioni.

I have lectured in Argentina, Britain, Canada, China, Dubai, Hong Kong, Italy, India, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Taiwan. My work is translated into Chinese, German, Icelandic, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, SEerSerbian and Spanish.

Current Projects:

I am at work on two books, Sisters of Scheherazade: Religion, Diaspora, and Muslim Women’s Writing and an edited volume, Contemporary Revolutions.

I am on the Advisory Board of GRACE, a Ph.D. program in Women’s and Gender Studies, for a consortiumof 7 universities in 6 countries of Europe.


5 Teaching Awards
1981  Choice Academic Book Award, for Psyche Reborn: The Emergence of H.D.
1998   Perkins Prize for Best Book in Narrative Studies, for Mappings: Feminism and the Cultural Geographies of Encount
2009  Best New Journal, Council of Editors of Learned Journals, for Contemporary Women’s Writing
2010 Wayne C. Booth Award for Lifetime Achievement in Narrative Studies