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Dustin Friedman Associate Professor Literature

Additional Positions at AU
Co-director, M.A. in Literature, Culture, and Technology
Affiliated faculty, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
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.

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 is co-editor, along with Kristin Mahoney, of the collection Nineteenth-Century Literature in Transition: The 1890s (Cambridge University Press, 2023). He is also working on a project that examines aestheticism, race, and alternative humanisms at the Victorian fin de siècle and beyond.

His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Victorian Literature and Culture, Modernism/modernity, Victorian Studies, Pedagogy, Feminist Modernist Studies, jml: Journal of Modern Literature, ELH, Studies in Romanticism, Literature Compass, and Studies in Walter Pater and Aestheticism, as well as in the Oxford Handbook of Oscar Wilde (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), Michael Field in Context (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), the Cambridge Companion to Walter Pater (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), and Called to Civil Existence: Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (Rodopi, 2013).

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. Previously, he taught at the National University of Singapore and at UCLA. For more information, visit his website.
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Spring 2024

  • LIT-265 Victorian Lit, Culture & Power

  • LIT-480 Senior Project in Literature

Fall 2024

  • LIT-265 Victorian Lit, Culture & Power

  • LIT-479 The Value of Literature