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Emily C. Friedman

Emily C. Friedman

Associate Professor


Emily C. Friedman

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9002 Haley Center

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PhD, University of Missouri

MA, University of York, England

BA, Bryn Mawr College

About Me

Emily C. Friedman is a scholar of the long eighteenth century, using book history and digital practices in her classroom and in her research. She is particularly interested in recovering the lived experiences of readers and writers: from the ways they understood scent to the notebooks they used, to the effects of changing market pressures and technologies on the experience of literary exchange. She is now the director of, an aggregation site that peer-reviews and makes more discoverable digital projects of all sizes. She is the creator of Manuscript Fiction in Age of Print, a small-scale digital project that describes, transcribes, and encodes fiction that survives in manuscript from between 1750-1900. She is at work on the first monograph to emerge from the dataset, creating new ways of organizing, describing, and understanding these works.

Research Interests

long 18th-century British literature; early material culture; genre studies; fiction; women's and gender studies; history of the book; textual criticism


  • "Wanderer's End: Understanding Burney's Approach to Endings." The Burney Journal 10. (2010)
  • "Remarks on Richardson: Sarah Fielding and the Rational Reader" Eighteenth-Century Fiction (Winter 2010, issue 22:2)
  • "'To such as are willing to understand': Considering Heterogeneity in Fielding's Imagined Readers" in Masters of the Marketplace: British Women Novelists of the 1750s, edited by Susan Carlile. Lehigh University Press, 2010.
  • Reading Smell in the Eighteenth-Century Novel (Bucknell University Press 2016)

Forthcoming Publications

  • "Amateur Manuscript Fiction in the Archive: An Introduction." in After Print, Ed. Rachael King. (University of Virginia Press)
  • ”Ownership, Copyright, Ethics of the Unpublished" in Access, Control. and Dissemination in Digital Humanities (Routledge)
  • ”’Is It Thursday Yet?’: Narrative Time in Critical Role" in Essays on Transmedia Storytelling, Tabletop Role-Playing, and Fandom (Studies in Gaming Series, McFarland & Co.)
  • “Must Anonymous Be a Woman? Gender and Anonymity in the Archives” Special Issue on “Women in Archives” for Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature Winter/Spring 2021.