Susan Stanford Friedman

Hilldale Professor, Virginia Woolf Professor of English and Women’s Studies
7103 Helen C. White Hall
(608) 262-8151
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Modernism/modernity, Feminist theory and women's writing, Cultural theory and world literatures in English, Diaspora and migration, religious studies

Degrees and Institutions

PhD University of Wisconsin, 1973
BA, Greek and English, Swarthmore College, 1965

Selected Publications

  • Planetary Modernism: Provocations on Modernity Across Time (Columbia UP, 2015)
  • Mappings: Feminism and the Cultural Geographies of Encounter (Princeton UP, 1998; ebook, 2001), recipient of the Perkins Prize for Best Book in Narrative Studies, translated into Chinese (2014)
  • Penelope's Web: Gender, Modernity, H.D.'s Fiction (Cambridge UP, 1990)
  • Psyche Reborn: The Emergence of H.D. (Indiana UP, 1981, 1987), recipient of a Choice Outstanding Academic Books Award
  • co-author of A Woman's Guide to Therapy (Prentice Hall, 1979)

  • Co-editor of Comparison: Theories, Approaches, Uses (Johns Hopkins UP, 2013)
  • editor of Analyzing Freud: Letters of H.D., Bryher, and Their Circle (New Directions, 2001)
  • editor of Joyce: The Return of the Repressed (Cornell UP, 1992)
  • co-editor of Signets: Reading H.D. (University of Wisconsin Press, 1991) 
Current Curriculum Vitae for Prof. Friedman

She has published over eighty articles and book chapters on modernism, migration/diaspora, world literatures in English, narrative theory, 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, Rabindranath Tagore, Arundhati Roy, Fatima Mernissi, Azar Nafisi, Tayeb Salih, Randa Jarran and Leila Aboulela; and films and films such as The Crying Game, Mississippi Masala, Daughters of the Dust, and Borderline. She has guest-edited special issues of Contemporary Literature and Journal of Narrative Technique and co-founded and edited Contemporary Women’s Writing (2007-12), a prize-winning Oxford UP journal

Journals in which her work has appeared include PMLA, Modernism/Modernity, Narrative, New Literary History, Modern Fiction Studies, Paideuma,  Signs, Feminist Studies, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, GendersChina 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.

She has lectured in Argentina, Britain, Canada, China, Dubai, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, India, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Taiwan. Her work is translated into Chinese, German, Hungerian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Serbian, and Spanish.

Honors include the Wayne C. Booth Award for Lifetime Achievement in Narrative Studies (2009), the Perkins Prize for Best Book in Narrative Studies (1999), a Choice Academic Book Award (1981), the Florence Howe Award for Best Essay in Feminist Criticism (1978), WARF, and Bascom, and Hilldale Professorships, and fellowships from ACLS, NEH, and the American Psychoanlytic Association. She has also been honored with 4 teaching awards at UW-Madison.

Research Interests

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; film.

Current Projects

She is currently working on Sisters of Scheherazade: Muslim Feminisms and Women’s Diasporic Writing


She has taught some twenty-six courses for English and Women’s Studies and directed 42 dissertations, served on over 70 dissertation and MFA committees, and directed four honors theses.

Recent Books

  • Book Cover for "Analyzing Freud"

    Analyzing Freud: Letters of H.D., Bryher, and Their Circle

    Susan Stanford Friedman, Ed.

    New Directions


    Breezy, informal, irreverent, vibrant in detail, H.D.'s letters to her companion, Bryher, revolve around her 1933-1934 therapy sessions with Sigmund Freud, from which she emerged reborn. "A correspondence that tells us more about Freud as a clinician than any other source" (PsyArt), this volume includes H.D.'s and Bryher's letters, as well as letters by Freud to H.D. and Bryher, most of them published here for the first time.

  • Book Cover for "Mappings"

    Mappings: Feminism and the Cultural Geographies of Encounter

    Susan Stanford Friedman

    Princeton University Press


    In this powerful work, Susan Friedman moves feminist theory out of paralyzing debates about us and them, white and other, first and third world, and victimizers and victims. Throughout, Friedman adapts current cultural theory from global and transnational studies, anthropology, and geography to challenge modes of thought that exaggerate the boundaries of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, and national origin.

  • Book Cover for "Joyce: The Return of the Repressed"

    Joyce: The Return of the Repressed

    Susan Stanford Friedman, Ed.

    Cornell University Press


    Did James Joyce, that icon of modernity, spearhead the dismantling of the Cartesian subject? Or was he a supreme example of a modern man forever divided and never fully known to himself? This volume reads the dialogue of contradictory cultural voices in Joyce's works--revolutionary and reactionary, critical and subject to critique, marginal and central.

  • Book Cover for "Signets"

    Signets: Reading H.D.

    Susan Stanford Friedman & Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Eds.

    University of Wisconsin Press


    Signets is an essential resource for those interested in H. D., modernism, and feminist criticism and writing that brings together the best essays of H.D. (Hilda Doolittle). Susan Stanford Friedman and Rachel Blau DuPlessis have gathered the most influential and generative studies of H. D.’s work and complemented them with photobiographical, chronological, and bibliographical portraits unique to this volume.

  • Book Cover for "Penelope's Web"

    Penelope's Web: Gender, Modernity, H.D.'s Fiction

    Susan Stanford Friedman

    Cambridge University Press


    Penelope's Web should appeal to a wide spectrum of readers interested in twentieth-century modernism, women's writing, feminist criticism, post-structuralist theory, psychoanalysis, autobiography, and women's studies. It is the first book to examine fully the brilliantly innovative prose writings of H.D., the pen-name for Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961), who has been known primarily as a poet.

  • Book Cover for "Psyche Reborn"

    Psyche Reborn: The Emergence of H.D.

    Susan Stanford Friedman

    Indiana University Press


  • Book Cover for "A Woman's Guide to Therapy"

    A Woman's Guide to Therapy

    Susan Stanford Friedman

    Prentice Hall