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Dustin Friedman Assistant Professor Department of Literature

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Ph.D. English, University of California-Los Angeles

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

Dustin Friedman teaches courses in nineteenth-century British literature, LGBT Studies, and Gender Studies. His areas of interest include Victorian aestheticism and decadence, the history of sexuality, queer theory, the history and theory of aesthetics, and global nineteenth-century writing. His current book project, tentatively titled “Erotic Negativity: Art, Sex, and the Queer Subject of Victorian Aestheticism,” is under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press. It 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 representations of colonial masculinities in nineteenth-century British writings on South and Southeast Asia. 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 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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