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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 teaches courses on British literature, book history, and game narratives. Trained as a book historian, narratologist, and digital humanist, her work examines the history of cultural production outside of commercial mass media from the eighteenth century to today, from never-published manuscript fiction to emerging media. Now one of the senior scholars and public intellectuals in the field of "Actual Play," a new media form where roleplaying games are performed for audiences, her research on the topic has appeared in multiple academic books and journals, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and she is a regular contributor to Polygon. She is at work on two book projects on Actual Play: a field-defining history of the form online, as well as a multiauthored critical companion to major Actual Play Dimension 20.

Research Interests

long 18th-century British literature; adaptation; material culture; genre studies; performance studies; game studies; gender studies; history of the book; textual criticism; new media


Representative Recent Publications

Sample Public Writing

Forthcoming Publications

  • "What we talk about when we talk about Eighteenth-Century Fan Fiction” Eighteenth-Century Fiction special issue on “Refusing Eighteenth-Century Fictions” (Eds. Eugenia Zuroski and Manu Chander) January 2024.
  • "Expanding Exandria: Narrative Adaptation & Compression in Critical Role" for How Do We Want To Do This?: Critical Essays on Critical Role
  • (with Emily M.N. Kugler) "Playable Partners: Spectrums of Queer Possibility in Indie Video Games" (essay for Pop Enlightenments: The Eighteenth Century Now, edited by Madeleine Pelling & Emrys Jones)