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Dustin Friedman Associate Professor Literature

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(202) 885-2963
CAS - Literature
Battelle Tompkins - 251
Mondays and Thursdays, 3:50-5:50 p.m.
Ph.D. English, UCLA, 2012

M.A. English, UCLA, 2007
B.A. English, UC Berkeley, 2004

Dustin Friedman's fields of research and teaching are Victorian and modernist literature, aestheticism and Decadence, queer theory, the history and theory of aesthetics, and global nineteenth-century writing. He is also co-director of the M.A. in Literature, Culture, and Technology. His book, Before Queer Theory: Victorian Aestheticism and the Self (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019) explores art as a form of queer resistance in the writings of authors such as Walter Pater, Oscar Wilde, Vernon Lee (Violet Paget), and the Michael Field poets (Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper). He has also begun work on a project that looks at resistance to normative categories of sexual identity in transnational Victorian writings. His work has appeared in Journal of Modern LiteratureELH, Studies in Romanticism, Literature Compass, and Studies in Walter Pater and Aestheticism, and his research has been supported by the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in Los Angeles, CA. He has presented his work at conferences in Rome, Hong Kong, Auckland, London, York, and throughout the United States and Canada. He previously taught at the National University of Singapore and at the University of California, Los Angeles. For more information, visit his website.
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Spring 2021

  • LIT-265 Victorian Lit, Culture & Power

  • LIT-656 Advanced Studies in Form: The Novel

Fall 2021

  • LIT-265 Victorian Lit, Culture & Power

  • LIT-340 19th C British & European Lit: Global Victorians