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Mike Goode

Mike Goode

Mike Goode

William P. Tolley Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities


432 Hall of Languages
Office: 315.443.6133


Women's and Gender Studies


Social/Academic Links

Courses Taught


  • 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
Biographic Overview

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.

Research and Teaching Interests
  • Romantic Literature and Culture
  • Victorian Literature and Culture
  • Gender Studies and Masculinity Studies
  • Intellectual History
  • Media Studies
  • Legal History
  • Tourism
  • Ecocriticism
  • Critical theory (especially, historicism and reception)
Other Ways of Seeing: Understanding Ecology and Climate Through Art

(March 22, 2024)

A team of Syracuse University faculty, students and staff create learning materials for educators and students, using the SU Art Museum’s vast collection of objects and artworks.

Curating Learning

(Jan. 26, 2024)

Syracuse University faculty, staff and students curate two educational exhibitions at the SU Art Museum along with a collection of digital exhibitions featuring works from the museum’s collections.

A Vital Space: CNY Humanities Corridor Offers Unique Resource to Writers

(Dec. 9, 2020)

Authors build rewarding collaborations through the Corridor's working group structure.

Mike Goode Pens New Book on How Literary Classics Help Create the New Media They ‘Live’ In

(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.

Syracuse Celebrates Halloween with Public Reading of 'Frankenstein'

(Oct. 18, 2018)

A&S joins worldwide commemoration of 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley classic

Excellence Personified

(May 22, 2018)

Humanities Center Fellows praised for "disciplinary rigor, interdisciplinary creativity, ethical engagement"