Lauren M. E. Goodlad
Director (August 2009-August 2014)

Lauren Goodlad

Office 102B English

Lauren M. E. Goodlad is professor of English and was interim director of the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory in 2008-9 before becoming director in August 2009. She has a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, a Masters in English from NYU, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. A specialist in Victorian literature and culture, Goodlad also has research and teaching interests in gothic genres; critical, feminist, postcolonial and political theory; cultural studies; and literature in relation to contemporary understandings of liberalism, globalization, internationalism, and development. She is a member of the Advisory Boards for Victorian Literature and Culture and Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, a member of the Editorial Board for Victoriographies, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Dickens Society, and (beginning July 2011) a member of the PMLA Advisory Committee.  From 2006 to 2012 she was a member of the Executive Council for NAVSA, the Victorianist Review Editor for Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (RaVoN), and Co-Head of the Victorian Editorial Board for NINES. In 2010 she was named a University Scholar and in Fall 2013 she began a two-year position as Provost Fellow for Undergraduate Education.

Goodlad is the author of The Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic: Realism, Sovereignty and Transnational Experience (Oxford, forthcoming 2015) and Victorian Literature and the Victorian State: Character and Governance in a Liberal Society (Johns Hopkins, 2003); co-editor of Mad Men, Mad World: Sex, Politics, Style, and the 1960s (Duke UP, 2013); co-editor of The Ends of History, a Summer 2013 special issue of Victorian Studies; co-editor of Goth: Undead Subculture (Duke, 2007); co-editor of States of Welfare, a 2011 special issue of Occasion; of Comparative Human Rights, a 2010 special issue of the Journal of Human Rights; and of "Victorian Internationalisms," a 2007 special issue of RaVoN. Her articles and reviews have been published in journals such as American Literary History, Cultural Critique, ELH, Genre, MLQ, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Victorian Literature and Culture, and Victorian Studies. Excerpts of her forthcoming book, The Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic, have appeared in venues such as Literature Compass, PMLA, Novel: A Forum on Fiction, and The Politics of Gender in Anthony Trollope’s Novels (Ashgate, 2009). Goodlad is also the the author of an essay, originally titled "Madmen Yourself," which appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education and has since been reprinted in The McGraw Hill Reader. Her essay, "Liberalism and Literature," is forthcoming in the Oxford Handbook of Victorian Literature and Culture and she has a chapter on "Internationalisms" forthcoming in the Blackwell Companion to the Novel.


The Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic: Realism, Sovereignty, and Transnational Experience (Oxford, 2015)

Victorian Literature and the Victorian State (Johns Hopkins, 2003)

Mad Men, Mad World: Sex, Politics, Style, and the 1960s (Duke, 2013) 

Goth: Undead Subculture (Duke, 2007) 

Special issue Victorian Studies: "The Ends of History" 55.4 (2013)
Edited by Lauren M.E. Goodlad and Andrew Sartori



"Trollopian Form," A cluster of essays in Literature Compass, September 2010
"Trollopian Form: An Introduction" (Goodlad)
"Trollope's Chapters" (Dames)
"Trollope, Seriality, and the 'Dullness' of Form" (Dever)
"The Trollopian Geopolitical Aesthetic" (Goodlad)

"Victorian Internationalisms," a special issue of Romanticism and
Victorianism on the Net
co-edited with Julia M. Wright, Nov 2008


Links to Select Publications:

World Map

"Parliament and the State," The Nineteenth-Century Novel 1820-1880, 2012

World Map

"Geopolitics and the Victorian Geopolitical Unconscious," The Victorian World, 2012

World Map

"Cosmopolitanism's Actually Existing Beyond; Toward a Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic," Victorian Literature and Culture, 2010

Harriet Martineau

"Imperial Woman: Harriet Martineau, Geopolitics and the Romance of Improvement," Harriet Martineau: Authorship, Society and Empire, 2010



"Trollopian 'Foreign Policy': Rootedness and Cosmopolitanism in the Mid-Victorian Global Imaginary," PMLA, 2009

"Madmen Yourself," Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009

John Stuart Mill

"'Character worth Speaking Of': Individuality, John Stuart Mill, and the Critique of Liberalism" Victorians Institute Journal, 2008

"Where Liberals Fear to Tread: E. M. Forster's Queer Internationalism and the Ethics of Care," Novel, 2006


Review of Amanda Anderson

Review of Amanda Anderson, The Way We Argue Now: A Study in the Cultures of Theory, Nineteenth-Century Literature, 2007

"Men in Black: Androgyny and Ethics in The Crow and Fight Club," Goth: Undead Subculture, 2007

Communities of the Air

"Packaged Alternatives: The Incorporation and Gendering of 'Alternative' Radio",
Communities of the Air: Radio Century, Radio Culture (Duke UP, 2003)

"'A Middle Class Cut into Two': Historiography and Victorian National Character," ELH, 2000