Kevis Goodman

Kevis Goodman

Associate Professor
Wheeler Hall, room 477
Fridays, 12:30-2 pm and by appointment
kgoodman@berkeley.edu


Professional Statement

I teach and write in the fields of later 17th-Century British literature (especially Milton), 18th-Century British Literature (especially after 1740), and Romanticism. Within those historical periods, my interests gravitate toward questions concerning aesthetics and poetics, science and literature, and literary historiography.  My first book was Georgic Modernity and British Romanticism: Poetry and the Mediation of History (Cambridge 2004; paperback edition 2008), and I am currently writing a book entitled Pathologies of Motion: Enlightenment Medicine, Romantic Poetics. See also under Selected Publications.

 



Specialties

Books

Title Fields
Georgic Modernity and British Romanticism: Poetry and the Mediation of History Georgic Modernity and British Romanticism: Poetry and the Mediation of History
This book traces connections between Georgic verse and developments in other spheres from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth centuries: the mediation of perception by scientific instruments, of events by newspapers, of knowledge by the feelings, of the past by narrative. Kevis Goodman argues that because of the Georgic's concern for the transmission of knowledge and the extension of the....
The Weight of All Flesh: On the Subject-Matter of Political Economy The Weight of All Flesh: On the Subject-Matter of Political Economy
Edited by Kevis Goodman, who provides an introduction to the work of Eric L. Santner, this volume collects ​expanded versions of Santner’s 2014 Berkeley Tanner Lectures, with commentaries by Bonnie Honig, Peter Gordon, and Hent de Vries. Eric Santner offers a radically new interpretation of Marx's labor theory of value as one concerned with the afterlife of political theology in secular modernity....

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

Books

Georgic Modernity and British Romanticism: Poetry and the Mediation of History. Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press, 2004.  Paperback Edition, 2008.

Pathologies of Motion: Enlightenment Medicine and Romantic Poetics.  In Progress.

Edited Volumes

Eric L. Santner, Kevis Goodman (ed. and introd.). The Weight of All Flesh: On the Subject-Matter of Political Economy. In the Berkeley Tanner Lectures Series. With commentary by Bonnie Honig, Peter Gordon, and Hent de Vries.  Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2015.

About Geoffrey Hartman: Materials for a Study of Influence. Ed. Frances Ferguson and Kevis Goodman.  A special issue of Philological Quarterly 92:3 (2014).

Full-length Articles and Book Chapters

Reading Motion: Coleridge’s ‘Free Spirit’ and its Medical Background.” European Romantic Review 26:3  (2015): 349-356.

“Wordsworth and Eighteenth-Century Poetry.” William Wordsworth in Context. Ed. Andrew J. Bennett.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 91-100.

"Conjectures on Beachy Head: Charlotte Smith’s Geological Poetics and the Grounds of the Present.” ELH 81:3 (2014):  983-1006

“Uncertain Disease:  Nostalgia, Pathologies of Motion, Practices of Reading.” Studies in Romanticism 49:2 (2010): 197-227.

“Geoffrey Hartman’s A Scholar’s Tale: An Essay Review.” The Wordsworth Circle 39:4 (2008): 136-44.

“Romantic Poetry and the Science of Nostalgia.” The Cambridge Companion to British Romantic Poetry. Ed. James Chandler and Maureen McLane. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 195-216.

“Making Time for History: Wordsworth, the New Historicism, and the Apocalyptic Fallacy. With a New Afterword 2004.”The Wordsworthian Enlightenment: Romantic Poetry and the Ecology of Reading.  Ed. Helen R. Elam and Frances Ferguson. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005. 158-171.

“Magnifying Small Things: Georgic Modernity and the Noise of History.” European Romantic Review 15:2 (2004): 215-27.

“The Loophole in the Retreat: The Culture of News and the Early Life of Romantic Self-Consciousness.” South Atlantic Quarterly 102:1 (2003): 25-52.

“‘Wasted Labor’?  Milton's Eve, the Poet's Work, and the Problem of Sympathy.” English Literary History 64:4 (1997): 415-446. 

“Making Time for History: Wordsworth, the New Historicism, and the Apocalyptic Fallacy.” Studies in Romanticism 35:4 (1996): 563-77.

Short Articles

"Introduction" to About Geoffrey Hartman: Materials for a Study of Influence. Ed. Frances Ferguson and Kevis Goodman.  Philological Quarterly 92:3 (2014): 139-142.

“Uncertain Disease: The Science of Nostalgia.” Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanties 5:4 (2013). Web.

“Virgil and Romanticism.” The Harvard Virgil Encyclopedia. Ed. Richard F. Thomas and Jan M. Ziolkowski. 3 Vols. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2013. 1094-1096.

“Erasmus Darwin.” Blackwell Encyclopedia of Romanticism. Ed. Frederick Burwick, Nancy Moore Goslee, and Diane Hoeveller. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2012. 329-333 .

“Georgic.” Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics: New Revised Edition.   Ed. Roland Greene. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012. 556-557.

“Geoffrey Hartman’s ‘Psychoaesthetics.’” The Wordsworth Circle 37:1 (2006): 17-20.

Book Reviews

Modernity's Mist: British Romanticism and the Poetics of Anticipation, by Emily Rohrbach. Review 19 (www.nbol-19.org): 2016-12-10.

Wordsworth, Commodification, and Social Concern: The Poetics of Modernity, by David Simpson. European Romantic Review 23:1 (2012), 73-79. 

Nostalgia in Transition, 1780-1914, by Linda M. Austin. Victorian Studies 50:1(2007): 130-33. Actual publication date: Autumn, 2008.

The Work of Writing: Literature and Social Change, 1700-1830, by Clifford Siskin, Modern Language Quarterly 61:3 (2000): 545-551. 

 



Current Research

My current book project, in progress, studies the common ground and emerging differences between medicine, on the one  hand, and aesthetic theory and poetic practice, on the other, during the British Enlightenment and Romantic periods.  It analyzes both as environmental sciences – alert to the precarious ecology between persons and their worlds, and concerned with the sensuous experience of place and displacement during an era defined by unprecedented degrees and kinds of mobility.



Recent English Courses Taught

Spring, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
118/1 Milton Pre-1800 Requirement
Renaissance and Early Modern
Poetry
118/101 -- discussion section Lesser, Madeline
118/102 -- discussion section O'Connor, Megan
250/1 Research Seminar: Wordsworth and Coleridge in Collaboration Graduate Courses
Spring, 2015
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
118/1 Milton Pre-1800 Requirement
Renaissance and Early Modern

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