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