Edward H. Friedman Appointed as the
Edward H. Friedman, the Chancellor’s Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Vanderbilt University, was recently named the new faculty director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. The position is a three-year appointment, and during this time Friedman will help to develop and to support interdisciplinary activities and initiatives alongside the Center’s executive director and executive committee.
Friedman’s research centers on early modern Spanish literature, with special emphases on Cervantes, picaresque narrative, and the Comedia. Early in his tenure at Vanderbilt, Friedman led a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for School Teachers on “The Outsider: Picaresque Variations in Narrative and Film.” In 2004, while president of the Cervantes Society of America, Friedman organized a conference celebrating the 400th anniversary of the publication of Don Quixote. The conference was sponsored by the Warren Center.
He earned his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University in 1974; prior to teaching at Vanderbilt, he held positions at Kalamazoo College, Arizona State University, and Indiana University. He joined Vanderbilt’s faculty in 2000. Friedman is the author of numerous books, essays, and articles on Cervantes and Spanish literature; his most recent work is entitled Cervantes in the Middle: Realism and Reality in the Spanish Novel from Lazarillo de Tormes to Niebla.
In addition to his teaching duties in the Spanish and Portuguese Department, he currently serves as the editor of the Bulletin of the Comediantes.
For more information, contact the Center's executive director, Mona C. Frederick.
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