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Sharon Friedman

Sharon Friedman

Associate Professor
B.A. English, Boston University, 1969
M.A. English Education, New York University, 1971
Ph.D. English, New York University, 1977

Sharon Friedman’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of literary and dramatic criticism, feminist criticism, theories of adaptation, and critical writing across the curriculum. Her publications include an edited volume entitled Feminist Theatrical Revisions of Classic Works (McFarland, 2008) and numerous essays including “Feminism as Theme in Twentieth-Century American Women’s Drama” in American Studies, “Revisioning the Woman’s Part in Paula Vogel’s Desdemona ” in New Theatre Quarterly, “Honor or Virtue Unrewarded: Susan Glaspell’s Challenge to Ideologies of Sexual Conduct and the Discourse of Intimacy” in New England Theatre Journal,  “‘Sounds Indistinguishable from Sights’: Staging Subjectivity in Katie Mitchell’s Waves ” in Text and Presentation, and “The Gendered Terrain in Contemporary Theatre of War by Women” in Theatre Journal. Other essays of hers have appeared in Contemporary Authors Bibliographical Series: American Dramatists; TDR; Women and Performance; Susan Glaspell: Essays on Her Theater and Fiction;  and Codifying the National Self: Spectators, Actors and the American Dramatic Text. Along with Stephen Steinberg, she co-authored Writing and Thinking in the Social Sciences  (Longman, 1989).   Her courses include “Revisioning the Classics,” Literary Forms and the Craft of Criticism,” “The Art of the Personal Essay,” “Fictionalizing History/Historicizing Fiction,” and “Text and Performance,” which she co-teaches with Professor Julie Malnig. She was the recipient of 1988 NYU Distinguished Teaching Award, which recognizes that one of NYU’s primary institutional priorities, along with research, is exceptional teaching inside and outside of the classroom setting.


Professor Sharon Friedman presented her paper “Tragic Modes in Susan Glaspell’s Hybrid Theatrical Genres” for a plenary session on “Visions of Tragedy in American Theatre” at the 39th Comparative Drama Conference, held at Stevenson University in Baltimore, Maryland, in March 2015.

She participated in the panel “Intertextualities in Works by Women Playwrights of the Provincetown Players” at the 2015 Provincetown Players Centennial Conference, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, in July 2015.



Contact Information

Sharon Friedman

Associate Professor
1 Wash Pl, Room 404
(212) 998-7372
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Office Hours
Monday (6-7 by appt)
Wednesday (3:30-6:30 by appt)


2015 Spring

Revisioning the Classics
Mon 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM

2015 Fall

Literary Forms and the Craft of Criticism
Wed 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM

The Art of the Personal Essay
Mon 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

2014 Spring

Revisioning the Classics
Mon 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM

The Art of the Personal Essay
Wed 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Research and Teaching Interests

modern drama; literary interpretation; feminist criticism; critical writing; writing across the disciplines

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