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Dustin Friedman Assistant Professor Literature

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(202) 885-2963
CAS - Literature
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Mondays and Thursdays, 3:45-5:45 p.m.
Ph.D. English, University of California-Los Angeles

M.A. English, University of California-Los Angeles
B.A. English, University of California-Berkeley (Highest Honors in English and Highest Distinction in General Scholarship)

Dustin Friedman teaches courses in Victorian literature and LGBTQ studies. His areas of interest include queer theory, the history and theory of aesthetics, and global nineteenth-century writing. 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 examines resistance to normative categories of sexual identity in transnational Victorian writings. His research has been supported by the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in Los Angeles, CA, and his writings have appeared in the Journal of Modern Literature, ELH, Studies in Romanticism, Literature Compass, and the Pater Newsletter. 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 at
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