Ryan Friesen

Senior Lecturer
425W Wimberly Hall

Specialty area(s)

College composition, Early Modern literature, graphic literature as social commentary, supernatural themes in literature

Brief biography

"... I don't think that there's any way to learn--directly--from someone else's experience. We're all too different. I may (or may not) be able to 'get it' when writer X describes his/her experience; but that doesn't make the implied lesson relevant to my own life or work. As I keep saying, relentlessly, we all have to figure it out for ourselves. That's life. Unearned knowledge isn't wisdom: it's merely dangerous." --Stephen R. Donaldson

Current courses at UWL

College Writing I, Literature and Human Experience: The Comic Book, Shakespeare, English Literature I

Teaching history

University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, 2005-present, Lecturer
University of Leeds, UK, 2002-2005, literature instructor
Winona State University, MN, 1999-2001, composition instructor

Research and publishing

Supernatural Fiction in Early Modern Drama and Culture, Sussex Academic Press, 2009.


PhD, University of Leeds, UK, 2005
MA, Medieval Studies, University of Leeds, UK, 2002
MA, English, Winona State University, MN, 2001
BA, Majors: English and History, Minor: Philosophy, Winona State University, MN, 1998