Jamie Friedman


Assistant Professor of English
Phone: (805) 565-7248
Email: jfriedman@westmont.edu
Office Location: Reynolds Hall 106

Office Hours
Spring 2016
W 9:00 - 2:00 PM
and by appointment

Middle English narrative; Arthurian literature; eccentric bodies; gender, racial/religious, sexual, and national identity constructions; aurality; hybridities and boundary transgressions; pre- and postmodern literary theories; feminist, gender, and sexualities studies; medieval women writers and readers

Jamie Friedman completed her Ph.D. at Cornell University, specializing in medieval English literature, embodiment, and theories of racial, religious, and gendered identity constructions.  She has previously taught at Cornell, Whitworth University, Gonzaga University, and Portland State University.  Her favorite courses are always the ones in which she and students engage in robust dialogue about literature and ideas that intermingle past and present, self and Other, the always already and the never quite yet.  Her edited volume on women’s interior lives in medieval romance literature, co-edited with Jeff Rider, was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2011.  Current projects include considerations of transgendered bodies and selves in medieval French romance (for a conference paper to be delivered at the New Chaucer Society in 2012) as well as a book project on eccentric bodies in Middle English fabulous narrative.  Dr. Friedman lives with her husband, Sidney, their daughter, Isabella, one dog, Lucy, and four nameless chickens.  When she’s not teaching or researching, she enjoys walking and biking with her family, board games, urban spaces, films, traveling, and writing about herself in the third person.



  • Ph.D., Medieval Studies
    Cornell University, 2010
  • M.A., Medieval Studies
    Cornell University, 2008
  • M.A., English
    Portland State University, 2000
  • B.A., English and French
    Whitworth University, 1997



  • Grief, Guilt, and Hypocrisy: The Inner Lives of Women in Medieval Romance Literature. Edited by Jamie Friedman and Jeff Rider. New Middle Ages Series. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2011.


  • “Between Boccaccio and Chaucer: The Limits of Female Interiority in the Knight’s Tale.” in Grief, Guilt, and Hypocrisy: The Inner Lives of Women in Medieval Romance Literature. Edited by Jamie Friedman and Jeff Rider. New Middle Ages Series. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2011.
  •  “After Medieval Race: The King of Tars Again (and Again).” (under consideration)


  • Kiefer, Frederick, ed. Masculinities and Femininities in the Middle Ages and Renaissance in The Medieval Review, April 2011.


  • “Transgender in Yde et Olive: Bodies, Selves, Futures.” New Chaucer Society, Portland OR, 2012
  • “Remembering Emelye”, New Chaucer Society Congress, Siena, Italy, 2010
  • “Monster Flesh”, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 2010
  •  “Bodies Unbound: Corporeal and Identity Circulations in the Siege of Jerusalem”, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 2009
  • “Fleshing Out the King of Tars”, Southeastern Medieval Association, St. Louis University, 2008
  • “Traversing Somatic Limits: The Function of Violence in the Siege of Jerusalem”, New Chaucer Society Congress, Swansea, Wales, 2008
  • “The Sonoric Landscape of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”, Medieval Studies Student Colloquium, Cornell University, 2008
  • “’What, is this Arthures hous?’: The Function of Noise and Silence in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, New England Medieval Studies Consortium Graduate Student Conference, 2007”
  • “Between Boccaccio and Chaucer: The Limits of Female Interiority in the Knight’s Tale”, International Medieval Congress, Leeds 2006
  • “Getting Medieval in Venice: Portia’s Crossdressing as Identity Construction in The Merchant of Venice”, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 2005
  • “Conspicuous Noise and Deadly Silence: Spaces of (Dis)Integration in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 2003
  • “Englishness in Translation: An Examination of the Variations between the Alphabetical Praise of Women and the ABC à Femmes”, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 2000


  • Provost's Professional Development Grant, Westmont College, 2011
  • Dissertation Research Grant, Cornell University, 2010
  • Provost’s Diversity Fellowship, Cornell University, 2008
  • Allison Goddard Elliot Prize for Outstanding Conference Paper, New England Medieval Studies Consortium, 2007
  • James E. Rice, Jr. Prize for Outstanding Expository Writing (awarded to my student for writing and revision under my direction), Knight Institute, Cornell University, 2007
  • Writing Exercise Award Honorable Mention, Knight Institute, Cornell University, 2007
  • Graduate School Travel Grant, Cornell University, 2007, 2008, 2010
  • Avalon Fellowship, Cornell University, 2007
  • Sage Fellowship, Cornell University, 2005
  • Cota-Robles Fellowship, UC Santa Barbara, 2005 (declined)
  • Laureate Society, Whitworth University, 1996
  • Modern Language Department Scholarship, Whitworth, 1995
  • Presidential Scholarship, Whitworth, 1993


  • Assistant Professor
  • Westmont College, 2010-present
    English Department

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • Cornell University, 2006-7
    Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines

  • Visiting Instructor
  • Whitworth University, 2002 – 2005
    English Department; Women’s Studies Program; French Program

  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Gonzaga University, 2003, 2004, 2005
    MA/TESL Program

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant
    Portland State University, 1999 – 2000
    University Studies Department



    Westmont College

    Upper Division:

    Racial and Religious Others in Medieval and Early Modern Literatures, Chaucer and Medieval Literature, Feminist and Gender Theories

    Lower Division:

    Survey of British Literature before 1800, Composition, Greek and Roman Mythology, Composition, Studies in Literature, The Middle East in Story and History

    Cornell University

    Lower Division:

    Writing Women in the Middle Ages

    Whitworth University

    Upper Division:

    Arthurian Literature, Chaucer and Medieval Literature, Literary Criticism, British Renaissance Literature, Gender and Faith in Film and Literature, Directed Readings, Francophone Literature and Culture

    Lower Division:

    Arthurian Literature, English Literature before 1800, Introduction to Critical Strategies, Freshman Seminar, Writing I, Honors Reading Literature, Directed Readings, Elementary French, Francophone Literature and Culture


    Gonzaga University

    History of the English Language


  • “Identity Flows in the Siege of Jerusalem.” Medieval Studies Colloquium, UC Santa Barbara, 2011
  • “What does (Christian) Feminism Mean to Me?” (panel participant), Westmont College, 2011
  • “Jews and Jewish Fantasies in the Siege of Jerusalem,” in Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Medieval and Renaissance Literature,University of Portland, 2010
  • “The York Mystery Cycle,” in MEDVL101.8 “Passionate Pursuits of Perfection,” Cornell University, 2006
  • “The Historical and Literary Arthur,” The Oaks High School, 2004 “Women in Academia,” W.I.S.E. Club (Women in Society Everywhere), Whitworth University, 2004
  • “Annie Hall,” Classic Film Series, Whitworth University, 2003
  • “Cyrano de Bergerac,” Foreign Film Series, Whitworth University, 2003
  • “English Development in the Middle Ages: A Sociolinguistic Approach,” MA/TESL Program, Gonzaga University, 2002


  • New Chaucer Society, since 2007
  • Modern Language Association, since 2006
  • Medieval Association of the Pacific, since 1999
  • Sigma Tau Delta (English honor society), since 1996


  • Fluent: French
  • Reading knowledge: Middle English, Latin, Old English, Anglo-Norman