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Friday, Julia

Ph.D. Comparative Literature, Binghamton University SUNY


Adjunct Faculty

Department: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Office: SOUTHISDE
Phone: (845) 257-2975
E-mail: fridayj@newpaltz.edu

Career History

Julia Friday's teaching experience is very diverse, ranging from the more traditional English literature and comparative literature courses to courses on film theory and visual culture, a variety of courses in women’s and gender studies as well as art.

During her training as a Comparative Literature scholar at Binghamton University SUNY, Julia Friday has studied connections across disciplines and developed genuinely unique research practices to understand how cultural interpretations are constituted, shaped and reproduced. As a result, her pedagogical approach reflects a strong commitment to cross-cultural examination and the construction of a learning environment that encourages students to question their relations to the class material and, by extension, to the world.

Teaching Interests

Women’s and Gender Studies
Writing Across Curricula
World Literature
Visual Culture Studies and Critical Theory
Visual Culture and Literature in the Post-Communist Context
Holocaust Literature and Film in the Eastern-European Context
History and Theory of Photography

Research/Creative Activity

Using press photographs, publications and urban determinates and functions of public monuments, Julia Friday examines Czechoslovakia’s post-war development, the period of the Prague Spring and the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet and the Warsaw Pact forces. Utilizing post-structuralist approaches to history as well as a psychoanalytic interpretive framework, in her research she raises questions concerning the function of public and private memory as well as the role of the visual record in conveying these events. Contemporary debates about “national memory,” the role and place of visual culture in the political and ideological narratives of history as well as the rich theoretical field of trauma studies have shaped her research inquiry.

Awards, Honors & Recognition

DAAD Dissertation Research Fellowship
Berlin, Germany

Dissertation Fellowship
Comparative Literature Department
Binghamton University, SUNY

Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research
Binghamton University, SUNY

Publications

Julia Friday has written several papers discussing the interaction between literature, visual culture and critical theory. Her work has appeared in Art Papers and Afterimage: The Journal for Media Arts and Cultural Criticism. Currently she is working on a book-length project based on her dissertation.

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