After majoring in Economics at Princeton University (A.B. 1993), I 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, ecology, visual culture, and media history. My book Romantic Capabilities: Blake, Scott, Austen and the New Messages of Old Media (Oxford University Press, 2020) looks at the viral circulation of William Blake’s poetry, the importance of Walter Scott’s novels to early immersive media, and the phenomenon of Jane Austen fanfiction. The book argues that popular new media uses of literary texts often activate and make visible ways that the texts were already about their relationship to medium. My earlier book Sentimental Masculinity and the Rise of History, 1790-1890 uses texts by Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, Scott, Austen, Thomas Rowlandson, and various historians to chart the emergence of a feelings-based historical epistemology in the long nineteenth century. My writings on historical reenactments, living history museums, the gender of history, the erotics of historicism, the comic public sphere, and the ethics of the postmodern condition have appeared in various edited collections and journals, including ELH, Representations, Textual Practice, Romantic Circles, and PMLA.
Areas of Supervision
My Ph.D. thesis supervision primarily has been with students working on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British novels. Topics include: Romantic novels and the law; Victorian investigative journalism, slum fiction, and liberalism; the Victorian novel's refashioning of Biblical authority; working class audiences and early-nineteenth-century popular literature/theater; and the afterlives of Jane Austen, including in video games. More generally, I am willing to supervise projects devoted to eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature, media, culture, and intellectual history; Romanticism; historiography; the history of the novel; and ecology.
ENG 114: Survey of British Literature, 1789-present
ENG 311: Romanticism and the Environment
ENG 400: Jane Austen in Context (includes spring break trip to UK)
ENG 400: The Mysteries of London (includes spring break trip to UK)
ENG 411: The Historical Novel
ENG 421: Manor House Fiction
ENG 630: Graduate Pro-seminar: Intro. to Romantic Studies
ENG 730: Graduate Seminar: The Novel in the Age of Austen
ENG 730: Graduate Seminar: Participatory Romanticisms
Research and Teaching Interests
- Romantic Literature and Culture
- Victorian Literature and Culture
- Gender Studies and Masculinity Studies
- Intellectual History
- Media Studies
- Legal History
- Critical theory (especially, historicism and reception)
Mike Goode, Romantic Capabilities: Blake, Scott, Austen, and the New Messages of Old Media (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020), xv + 336pp.; 34 figures. ISBN-13: ISBN-13 : 978-0198862369
Sentimental Masculinity and the Rise of History, 1790-1890, by Mike Goode, Cambridge University Press (May 29, 2009), 272pp., ISBN-13: 978-0521898591
(Dec. 9, 2020)
Authors build rewarding collaborations through the Corridor's working group structure.
(Nov. 11, 2020)
A virtual launch will celebrate Goode’s new book that examines the distinctiveness of the media in which particular ‘classic’ writings by Blake, Scott and Austen find new life.
(Oct. 18, 2018)
A&S joins worldwide commemoration of 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley classic
(May 22, 2018)
Humanities Center Fellows praised for "disciplinary rigor, interdisciplinary creativity, ethical engagement"