Mary L. Friedman

Dr. Mary L. Friedman, Professor of Spanish, has taught Spanish American literature in the Department of Romance Languages at Wake Forest University since 1987. Dr. Friedman earned her M.A. in English and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.  She specializes in the fiction of the Southern Cone in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  Her study, The Emperor’s Kites: A Morphology of Borges’ Tales (Duke University Press, 1987), identifies a narrative structure common to Jorge Luis Borges’ short stories.  More recently, she has focused on Chilean narrative with The Self in the Narratives of José Donoso (1924-1996) (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2004).  Her current research examines novels of the youngest cadre of Chilean novelists, those born after 1970.

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Phone: (336) 758-5429
Office: Greene Hall, 537

“The Corpses in the Corpus: Dead Bodies in the Work of García Márquez,” Romance Notes, 40:6 (Winter 2000): 135-44.

“The Genesis of La desesperanza by José Donoso,” Studies in Twentieth Century Literature, 23:2 (Summer 1999): 255-74.

“The Artistry of La desesperanza by José Donoso,” Hispania, 78:14 (March 1995): 13-24.  Reprinted in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism 133, ed. Linda Pavloski (The Gale Group, 2003).

The Self in the Narratives of José Donoso (Chile 1924-1996), (Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2004).

The Emperor’s Kites: A Morphology of Borges’ Tales (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1987).