Amy L. Friedman
927 Anderson Hall
Amy L. Friedman earned an undergraduate degree in English from Bryn Mawr College, and her Ph.D in British Literature, specifically Postcolonial Satire, from Goldsmiths College at the University of London. Along the way she also accrued an unintentional degree in Italian, due to an extremely protracted struggle to fulfill Bryn Mawr’s notoriously unyielding foreign language requirement. “Dov’e il mio flipping dizionario italiano?” she was heard to mutter at the start of every single one of her undergraduate semesters. She was graduated on time, despite having to complete also one outstanding credit of Physical Education, for which there is likewise at Bryn Mawr an infamously rigid requirement. Friedman successfully completed a credit in “Beginning Golf” and received her degree with the singular distinction, unique in the history of Bryn Mawr, of “Fore-Point-O.”
Friedman heard the siren call of satire early in her academic career. She has devoted herself to ludic genres, in one way or another, ever since. Her undergraduate college applications, filed in a distant era when a request for one’s reading list of the past year was a common element, featured an enthusiastic catalogue of the complete works of Dorothy Parker, James Thurber, Robert Benchley, S.J. Perelman, and 65 novels by P.G. Wodehouse. Critic Ihab Hassan may have decreed that literary fiction “now makes [language] the center of its reflexive concern, and explodes in ludic, parodic, ironic forms" but he could just as well have been referring to Dr. Friedman’s own bookshelves.
She received a Thomas J. Watson research fellowship upon completion of her B.A. to research suffrage-related theatre, and contemporary women’s political theatre, in the UK, Italy, and Morocco. She spent 18 months and her entire award on theater tickets and festivals, and taking playwrights and directors for drinks in pubs. When the fellowship ended, she forgot to return home, and spent the next 12 years in London, writing radio satire, working in theater, and teaching literature at Goldsmiths College. Now resident in Philadelphia, Dr. Friedman continues to publish and present her work on satire, genre theory, postcolonial writing, and the Beat Generation, whether anyone is paying attention or not.
“Alexander Pope: Counterfeiting Satire,” Program of Eighteenth-Century Studies,
Modern Language Association, Seattle, January 2012.
“Satire in Hatterr; Assessing G.V. Desani’s Menippean Modes.” South Asian
Literature Association, Seattle, January 2012.
“Yacub Sanu’ and ‘sa verve satirique’: A Postcolonial Reading of a Colonial
Egyptian Satirist in Exile,” Performing Tangier: Critiquing Postcolonialism,
Performing Cultural Diversity. Research Group of Performance Studies,
Abdelmalek Essaâdi University, Morocco, and the University of London
Institute in Paris, Tangiers, Morocco, May 2009.