Our keynote speaker is Susan Stanford Friedman, Virginia Woolf Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Dr. Friedman's research interests include: Twentieth-Century British, American, post-colonial literature; modernism; women's writing; feminist theory and criticism; narrative theory; psychoanalysis; cultural studies, including multiculturalism, women's studies, identity studies, global/transnational/border studies, film, anthropology, and geography.
She is the author of Psyche Reborn: The Emergence of H.D. (Indiana UP, 1981, 1987), the recipient of a Choice Outstanding Academic Books Award; Penelope's Web: Gender, Modernity, H.D.'s Fiction (Cambridge UP, 1990); Mappings: Feminism and the Cultural Geographies of Encounter (Princeton UP, 1998; ebook, 2001), the recipient of the Perkins Prize for Best Book in Narrative Studies. She is the co-author of A Woman's Guide to Therapy (Prentice Hall, 1979), the co-editor of Signets: Reading H.D. (University of Wisconsin Press, 1991), and the editor of Joyce: The Return of the Repressed (Cornell UP, 1993).
She has published over fifty articles and book chapters on feminist theory and pedagogy, narrative theory, women's poetry, modernism, autobiography, psychoanalysis, globalization and geopolitics, and identity; on writers such as H.D., Freud, Virginia Woolf, Julia Kristeva, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Adrienne Rich, James Joyce, E. M. Forster, Louise Erdrich, Gish Jen, Anna Deavere Smith, Gloria Anzaldua, and Arundhati Roy; and films such as The Crying Game, Mississippi Masala, Daughters of the Dust, and Borderline. She has guest-edited special issues of Contemporary Literature and Journal of Narrative Technique.
Journals in which her work has appeared include Signs, Feminist Studies, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, Contemporary Literature, Narrative, Genders, Communal/Plural, Modernism/Modernity, Literature and Psychology, Religion and Literature, The Annual of Psychoanalysis, Agenda, Sagetrieb, Montemora, Poesis, LIT, Journal of Narrative Technique, College English, Women's Studies, Iowa Review, South Carolina Review, Lingua Franca, MS. Magazine, Modern Philology, and Women's Review of Books.
She recently published H.D. and Freud: Portrait of an Analysis in Letters (2002) and is at work on books entitled Transnational Modernism; Spatial Poetics, Politics, and the New Modernist Studies and Beyond Melting Pots and Mosaics.
Information gathered from the University of Wisconsin-Madison web site