Ari Friedlander

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Ari Friedlander

Assistant Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty


Ari Friedlander joined University of Dayton in Fall 2013 as Assistant Professor of English literature.  He had previously been Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor in English at University of California, Davis, where he taught undergraduate and graduate classes on Shakespeare, the history and theory of gender and sexuality, and early modern English popular culture. His current book project, entitled Promiscuous Generation: Rogue Sexuality and Social Status in Early Modern England, examines the interdependence and instability of sexual and social identity in the Renaissance, and the role of sexual reproduction in the emerging and related concepts of population and political economy.  A second project concerns the relationship between Renaissance poor laws and the modern concept of disability.

In September 2014, Ari is organizing an interdisciplinary and international conference at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California, with Melissa Sanchez (English, University of Pennsylvania) and Will Stockton (English, Clemson University), on the theme of "Desiring History and Historicizing Desire: Sexuality in Early Modern England."

In Fall 2013, Ari taught a survey of Shakespeare's works and a first-year honors seminar entitled “Shakespeare, Politics, and the Common Good.” 


  • PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • MA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BA, Columbia University

Professional Activities

  • Modern Languages Association
  • Shakespeare Association of America
  • Renaissance Society of America

Research Interests

  • Shakespeare
  • Early Modern Literature
  • Histories and Theories of Gender and Sexuality
  • Representations of Poverty, Crime and Social Status
  • History of Disability
  • Animal Studies
  • Digital Humanities

Selected Publications

Book Manuscript

Promiscuous Generation: Rogue Sexuality and Social Status in Early Modern England (in progress).

Articles and Book Chapters

"Mastery, Masculinity, and Sexual Cozening in Ben Jonson’s Epicoene," SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, 53.2 (Spring 2013): 379–399.

"Roguery and Reproduction in The Winter's Tale," The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment: Gender, Sexuality, Race, Ed. Valerie Traub (Oxford UP, forthcoming 2014).

"Boning Richard III," Finding Richard: A Forum, Upstart: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies (August 2013), Web.

Book Reviews

Rev. of James Bromley and Will Stockton, Sex Before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013.  Journal of Early Modern and Cultural Studies, forthcoming.


"The Paul Simon Annotations, or You Can Call Me Sonnet 110," Out of Sequence: The Sonnets Remixed, ed. D. Gilson (Parlor Press, forthcoming 2014).