Lauren Goodlad

Kathryn Paul Professional Scholar, English and Criticism & Interpretive Theory

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Lauren M. E. Goodlad is the Kathryn Paul Professorial Scholar and Professor of English and Criticism.  From 2008 to 2014, she directed the Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory after which she served a 3-year term as Provost Fellow for Undergraduate Education (co-leading a campus-wide dialogue on undergraduate education and the design and launch of a new pilot program in Grand Challenge Learning). A specialist in the literature and culture of the long nineteenth century, especially Victorian, Goodlad’s research and teaching interests include gothic genres; serialized media and culture; critical, feminist, postcolonial, and political theory; cultural studies; new media; and literature in relation to contemporary understandings of liberalism, globalization, internationalism, and financialization. Goodlad is a member of the Advisory Boards for Victorian Literature and Culture and Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies as well as a member of the Editorial Board for Victoriographies.  She has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Dickens Society, the PMLA Advisory Committee, and the Executive Council for NAVSA as well as the (founding) Victorianist Review Editor for Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (RaVoN) and the Co-Head of the Victorian Editorial Board for NINES. She is the author of The Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic: Realism, Sovereignty and Transnational Experience (Oxford, 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) and of Goth: Undead Subculture (Duke, 2007); editor of Worlding Realisms, a forthcoming Fall 2016 special issue of Novel: A Forum on Fiction; co-editor of The Ends of History, a Summer 2013 special issue of Victorian Studies, 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, Literature Compass, MLQ, Nineteenth-Century Literature, PMLA, Victorian Literature and Culture, and Victorian Studies. Her 2009 essay on Mad Men for The Chronicle of Higher Education has been reprinted in The McGraw Hill Reader. Her recent essays include the Afterword to Television for Victorianists, a special issue of RaVoN;  "Liberalism and Literature" in the Oxford Handbook of Victorian Literature and Culture, "Internationalisms and the Geopolitical Aesthetic" in Blackwell’s Companion to the English Novel, “Geopolitics and the Victorian Geopolitical Unconscious” in Routledge’s The Victorian World, and “Moral Character,” a chapter in a forthcoming Cambridge UP volume on the Human Sciences edited by Mark Bevir. Goodlad’s current project, Genre and the Longue Durée, is a transnational, transhistorical, and multi-media study of the afterlives of the nineteenth century’s dominant fictional genres.