BEN FRIED

 

RESEARCHER – TEACHER – WRITER

I am a British Academy Newton International Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, University of London, where I research the role of the editor in shaping twentieth-century Anglophone literatures. I explore intersections between power and creativity, focusing on the editorial ability to determine what is printed and read, as well as on the ways in which migration has remade major publishing institutions. My work has been published in such venues as African American Review and Post45, and I am currently developing two book projects. The Empire of English Literature: Editing the Global Anglophone, 1947-1993 is a study of working relationships between editors in London and New York and authors from the wider English-writing world. Migrant Editors: Postwar Migration and the Making of Anglophone Literatures recounts the transformation of London’s publishing houses and magazines by postcolonial immigrants to the literary capital. I earned my doctorate from Cornell University in 2022, winning the Guilford Dissertation Prize and the Moses Coit Tyler Essay Prize.

The global range of my research is reflected in the breadth of my teaching. I have designed and taught a number of undergraduate courses across Anglophone, American, and British literatures, focusing on topics such as diasporic writing, short stories, and creative nonfiction. In one of my recent classes, “Making a Magazine,” students read the twentieth century through The New Yorker while creating their own magazines over the course of the semester. I aim to foster this symbiosis between reading and writing in every course, devising classes both to reflect the diversity of English literatures and to engage students from all backgrounds and disciplines. My teaching interests embrace modern and contemporary literatures in English; the history of the book, of reading, and of literary institutions; and theories of postcolonialism, transnationalism, and world literature.

In addition to my stints as a student and a researcher, I have worked as a visiting lecturer at Cornell, as the principal investigator on the Bombay Poets Digital Archive, as a lecteur d’anglais at the Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III, as an editor of academic books for Open Book Publishers, as a report writer for the Centre of Islamic Studies at Cambridge, and as a primary-school instructor in the south of Spain. I received my MPhil at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and my BA at McGill University, where I was awarded the Shakespeare Gold Medal.

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