Stephen Fredman

Professor Emeritus

College or School
College of Arts and Letters
Year of Emeritus Status

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.


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