Stephen Fredman

Professor Emeritus

Department
English
College or School
College of Arts and Letters
Year of Emeritus Status
2017

Originally from California, Stephen Fredman taught in the English Department from 1980-2017. He served as Director of Undergraduate Studies and Department Chair, and also directed the Arts & Letters Core Course. His main field of expertise is modern American poetry and poetics.

He is the author of five monographs: Poet's Prose: The Crisis in American Verse (1983, 1990), The Grounding of American Poetry: Charles Olson and the Emersonian Tradition (1993), A Menorah for Athena: Charles Reznikoff and the Jewish Dilemmas of Objectivist Poetry (2001), Contextual Practice: Assemblage and the Erotic in Postwar Poetry and Art (2010), and American Poetry as Transactional Art (2020). He has edited four volumes: A Concise Companion to Twentieth-Century American Poetry (2005); Form, Power, and Person in Robert Creeley’s Life and Work (with Steve McCaffery) (2010); How Long Is the Present: Selected Talk Poems of David Antin (2014); and a critical edition of Robert Creeley’s Presences: A Text for Marisol (2018).

He is currently at work on a memoir and a study of the impact of John Dewey’s philosophy on American poetry and performance art.

Email:  sfredman@nd.edu

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