Susan Stanford Friedman

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


7103 Helen C. White Hall

Susan Stanford Friedman

Curriculum Vitae

I am one of the founding members of the UW-Madison Women’s Studies Program in 1975, and I served as Associate Chair of the Program (1975-1981), laying the foundation for the certificate, major, and master’s degrees in women and gender studies.

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; archipelagic studies; and religious studies.

Gender-related Courses:
GWS/ENG 250:  Women in Literature
GWS/ENG 350:  Gender and 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 the edited volumes, Contemporary Revolutions: Turning Back to the Future in 21st-Century Literature and Art (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2018) and Comparison: Theories, Approaches, Uses (with Rita Felskim 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 (2006-2012) of Contemporary Women’s Writing, a prize winning Oxford University Press journal, and have published over eighty 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 Anzaldúa, and Arundhati Roy, Fatima Mernissi, Azar Nafisi, Tayeb Salih, and Leila Aboulela; and films such as The Crying Game, Mississippi Masala, Daughters of the Dust, and Borderline. I 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, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, India, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Taiwan. My work is translated into Chinese, Czech, Danish, German, Icelandic, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Serbian and Spanish.

Current Projects:
I am at work on Sisters of Scheherazade: Religion, Diaspora, and Muslim Women’s Writing and articles in archipelagic studies and modernist studies, with an emphasis on women and gender.

I am on the Advisory Board of GEMMA and GRACE, MA and Ph.D. programs in Women’s and Gender Studies, for a consortiumof 7 universities in 6 countries of Europe; and the Advisory Board of GlobalGrace, a project involving GRACE with programs in Bangladesh, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, and the Philippines. I am also on the Advisory Board of a multi-volume project on European women’s literature.

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
2010 Wayne C. Booth Award for Lifetime Achievement in Narrative Studies