• Arielle Friend
  • Arielle Friend
  • Ph.D. candidate
  • Office: 15 Seminary Place, 4th floor
  • Campus: College Avenue Campus

Arielle Friend joined the department in Fall 2018 as a Ratych/Kade Fellow. Her dissertation examines the theoretical developments of child psychoanalysis as they are linked to the psychoanalytic discovery of the concept of trauma in the aftermath of the First and Second World Wars. Attending in particular to the role of language and play in the writings of psychoanalysts on this topic (including Melanie Klein, Anna Feud, Bruno Bettelheim, Anne-Lise Stern, Jacques Lacan, and Donald Winnicott), the dissertation further seeks to contextualize and expand upon their findings through attention to poetological reflections of and on the child’s language in the works of Ilse Aichinger, Unica Zürn, Paul Celan and Hubert Fichte.


B.A. summa cum laude, New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study 2016

Honors & Awards:

University of Vienna Visiting Ph.D. Candidate, 2023-2024

Fulbright- IFK (Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften, Kunstuniversität Linz in Wien) Junior Fellowship, 2022-2023

Egon Schwarz Dissertation Grant, American Friends of the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, 2022

Neuse Prize for Best Graduate Essay ("The Anagrammatic Poetics of Recounting and the Divisibility of the Signifier in Unica Zürn's Erzählungen"), 2020

Neuse Prize for Best Graduate Essay ("An Immodest Exposal: Feminist Debates in Frank Wedekind's Mine-Haha"), 2019

Spark Grant, Middlebury College in partnership with the Goethe Institute and the American Association of Teachers in German, 2019

Teaching Assistantship Program of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education (BMB) administered by Fulbright Austria (Austrian-American Educational Commission), 2017-2018

Gallatin School of Individualized Study Dean’s Award for Summer Research Grant 2015


Book Review: "Anneliese's House, by Lou Andreas-Salomé, edited and translated by Frank Beck and Raleigh Whitinger," in: MLN 137, Number 3, April 2022