Department of English

Congratulations to Alan Friedman on the publication of his new book

Mon, October 30, 2017
Congratulations to Alan Friedman on the publication of his new book
Alan Friedman

Alan Friedman, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, has recently published his sixth authored book. Surreal Beckett examines the powerful and complex impact that both James Joyce and Surrealism had on Beckett’s work, while also examining how Beckett created unique spaces that sometimes conflicted with these two influences. Scholars have categorized Beckett’s early years as either the ‘Joyce years’ or the ‘Surrealist period.’ The scholarly interpretation has largely maintained that Joycean influences negatively impacted his early works and that Beckett was only minimally influenced by Surrealism. In contrast, Friedman emphasizes the importance of both influences, that each was a vital building block for Beckett. Simultaneously drawing upon and rejecting the influences of his predecessors, Beckett transformed them into his own unique themes and styles that he returned to throughout the rest of his career. Surreal Beckett argues that Becket’s characters transcend the restrictions imposed on them by their surreal circumstances.

 Alan Warren Friedman, Thaman Professor of English and Comparative Literature, specializes in modern British, Irish, and American literature, the novel, and Shakespearean drama. He has authored 6 books and edited a dozen others in addition to co-editing four special journal issues on Joyce and Beckett. He has won several teaching awards as well as UT’s Civitatis Award conferred annually for dedicated and meritorious service to the University.  He has coordinated the Actors From The London Stage residency program since 1999 and the student group, Spirit of Shakespeare, for the last dozen years. He has chaired the University’s Faculty Council and is currently Secretary of the General Faculty.

Surreal Beckett is available for purchase through Routledge and Amazon.

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