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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 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 . She has also co-authored Writing and Thinking in the Social Sciences . Her courses include “Revisioning the Classics,” Literary Forms and the Craft of Criticism,” “Text and Performance” (co-taught with Professor Julie Malnig), “The Art of the Personal Essay,” and Fictionalizing History/Historicizing Fiction.” In 1988, she was the recipient of New York University’s Distinguished Teaching Award.


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 (CDC) in March 2015.

She will participate in a panel on "Intertextualities in Works by Women Playwrights of the Provincetown" in July 2015 at the Provincetown Players Centennial Conference, giving special attention to the war plays produced by this group and the journalist Mary Heaton Vorse's coverage of the Women’s International Peace Conference.



Contact Information

Sharon Friedman

Associate Professor
1 Wash Pl, Room 404
(212) 998-7372
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Office Hours
Monday (4-6 by appt)
Tuesday (2-6 by appt)


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

2014 Fall

Literary Forms and the Craft of Criticism
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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