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Mike Goode

Mike Goode

Associate Professor

432 Hall of Languages


I majored in Economics at Princeton University (A.B. 1993) and went on to do graduate study in English at The University of Chicago (M.A., 1995; Ph.D., 2001). I specialize in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British literature and culture, with a particular emphasis on the novel, poetry, intellectual history, gender, and visual satire. My book Sentimental Masculinity and the Rise of History, 1790-1890 uses texts by Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, Walter Scott, Jane Austen, Thomas Rowlandson, and various historians to chart the emergence of a feelings-based historical epistemology in the long nineteenth century. My writings on William Blake's proverbs, the gender of history, the erotics of historicism, the comic public sphere, and the ethics of the postmodern condition have appeared in several venues, including ELH, Representations, Textual Practice, Romantic Circles, and PMLA. I am currently working on a book project, tentatively entitled Participatory Romanticism, which examines how Romantic texts theorize ‘participation’ and, to some extent, prefigure the ways in which they end up getting used — the ways in which their audiences participate in the act of making them meaningful — after the time of their creation. The projected three parts of the project focus on the viral dissemination of Blake, the relationship of Scott’s Waverley Novels to the rise of historical reenacting and living history projects, and the phenomenon of Jane Austen-based fan fiction.

Areas of Supervision

My Ph.D. thesis supervision primarily has been with students working on nineteenth-century British novels and print culture. Topics include: investigative journalism, slum fiction, and liberalism; the novel's refashioning of Biblical authority; working class audiences and popular literature/theater; and Jane Austen’s publication history. More generally, I am willing to supervise projects devoted to eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature and culture, Romanticism, the history of history, the history of the novel, and eighteenth and early nineteenth-century intellectual history.

Recent Courses

ETS 114: Survey of British Literature, 1789-present
ETS 300/320: Jane Austen in Context--Hers and Ours (includes spring break trip to UK)
ETS 360: Reading British Masculinities, 1700-present
ETS 300/410: The Mysteries of London (includes spring break trip to UK)
ETS 410: The Historical Novel

ENG 630: Graduate Pro-seminar: The Romantic-Era Novel
ENG 730: Graduate Seminar: Crime & Conspiracy in the 19th-Century British Novel
ENG 730: Graduate Seminar: Participatory Romanticisms

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Romantic Literature and Culture
  • Victorian Literature and Culture
  • Gender Studies and Masculinity Studies
  • History of the Novel
  • Intellectual History
  • Legal History
  • Tourism
  • Critical theory (especially, historicism and reception)