dustinfr1Dustin Friedman is Assistant Professor in the Department of Literature at American University in Washington, D.C.

His fields of research and teaching are British, Irish, and Anglophone literature from the late eighteenth century to the present, Victorian aestheticism and decadence, gender and sexuality studies, the history and theory of aesthetics, and global nineteenth-century writing.

His book Before Queer Theory: Victorian Aestheticism and the Self is forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press in fall 2019. It explores the intersection between artistic experience and homoerotic desire in the writings of aesthetes 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 analyzes the aesthetic construction of South Asian and Southeast Asian masculinity in nineteenth-century writing. 

Friedman’s writings have appeared in the Journal of Modern LiteratureELH, Studies in Romanticism, Literature Compass, and Studies in Walter Pater and Aestheticism. He has previously taught in the department of English Language and Literature at the National University of Singapore and in the department of English at UCLA, where he also taught courses in LGBT and Gender Studies.

More information can be found on his faculty profile page.

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