Alan Warren Friedman Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Alan Warren Friedman

Arthur J. Thaman & Wilhelmina Doré Thaman Professor of English & Comparative
University of Texas at Austin

Alan Friedman teaches literary modernism & Shakespeare. Founding Dir., Dept's Oxford Program; Dir. UT Honors; Coord, Actors from London Stage. Author: Fictional Death & The Modernist Enterprise; Party Pieces: Oral Storytelling & Social Performance in Joyce & Beckett; Multivalence: Moral Quality of Form in the Modern Novel; monographs on Durrell & Faulkner. 10 ed collections incl Modernism & Literature. Chaired UT’s Faculty Council; received Civitatis Award for dedicated, meritorious service

Subjects: Literature


Thaman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin, Alan Friedman has also taught at universities in England, France, and Ireland. He specializes in literary modernism & also regularly teaches a Shakespeare seminar. He is founding Director of his Department's Oxford Program; former Director of Plan II, UT’s Honors Program; and advisor of the student group, Spirit of Shakespeare. He has brought the residency program, Actors from the London Stage, to UT annually since 1999. He has served on numerous standing committees, chairing the UT Press, Grievance, Academic Freedom, and Educational Policy Committees, among others. He helped create UT’s first departmental Executive Committee, Faculty Council (which he chaired), substantial writing component courses, faculty grievance guidelines, post-tenure review guidelines, procedures for appealing tenure denials, office of Faculty Ombudsperson, and guidelines for decanal searches. He has received his Department’s annual Faculty Service Award, and UT’s Civitatis Award “in recognition of dedicated and meritorious service to the University above and beyond the regular expectations of teaching, research, and writing.”


    Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1966

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    His five authored books include Fictional Death and The Modernist Enterprise, Party Pieces: Oral Storytelling and Social Performance in Joyce and Beckett, and Multivalence: The Moral Quality of Form in the Modern Novel, and monographs on Lawrence Durrell and William Faulkner. His dozen edited books and journals include compilations on Durrell, Beckett, Joyce, and Mario Vargas Llosa, plus Situating College English: Lessons from an American University and Modernism and Literature: An Introduction and Reader.  His current project is a book on Samuel Beckett and Surrealism.

Personal Interests

    He is a member of ACLS, Amnesty International, the Sierra Club, among others, and is an avid squash player, theatergoer, traveler, and family man.


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