Benjamin Friedlander

Professor of English
5752 Neville Hall, Room 405A
Orono, Maine 04469-5752 U.S.A.
Office Telephone: 207.581.3833

Personal webpage


Office Hours – by appointment


Benjamin Friedlander joined our faculty in 1999. He was Coordinator of Graduate Studies from 2002 to 2005. His areas of expertise include Poetry and Poetics, Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Literature, and Critical Theory. He is currently completing a book on Emily Dickinson and the Civil War. He is the author of Simulcast: Four Experiments in Criticism (U of Alabama P, 2004) and coeditor of Charles Olson’s Collected Prose (U of California P, 1997). In addition to his scholarly endeavors, he writes poetry. His most recent collection is A Knot Is Not a Tangle.

Courses Taught


ENG 541 American Literature from Colonial to Romantic: The Rude Quarter Century, 1841-1866

ENG 549 Studies in Gender and Literature – Emily Dickinson

ENG 549 Studies in Gender and Literature: The Work of the “Poetess”

ENG 580 Topics in Poetry and Poetics – Poetry and Experience


ENG 101 College Composition

ENG 170 Foundations of Literary Analysis

ENG 222 Reading Poems

ENG 242 American Literature Survey – Realism to the Present

ENG 405 Topics in Creative Writing – Workshop in Critical Prose

ENG 440 Major American Writers – Robert Creeley

ENG 443 The American Romantics

ENG 446 American Poetry