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Eugene Goodheart


Professor Emeritus
Ph.D, Columbia University

Research Interests

Nineteenth-century literature and thought, twentieth-century literature and thought, literary theory.

Selected Publications

The State of Our Disunion: The Obama Years
Transaction Books, 2016

Mostly Grave Thoughts: On Morality and Other Matters
Transaction Books, 2013

Holding the Center: In Defense of Political Trimming
Transaction Books, 2013.

Charles Dickens: Critical Insights
Editor.  Salem Press, 2011.

Ernest Hemingway: Critical Insights
Editor.  Salem Press, 2010.

Great Expectations: Critical Insights
Editor. Salem Press, 2010. 

Darwinian Misadventures in the Humanities
Transaction Books, 2007.

Novel Practices: Classic Modern Fiction
Transaction Books, 2004.

Confessions of a Secular Jew*
Overlook Press, 2001.

Does Literary Studies Have a Future?
Columbia UP, 1999.

The Reign of Ideology
Columbia UP, 1997.

Desire and its Discontents*
Columbia UP, 1991.

Pieces of Resistance*
Cambridge UP, 1987.

The Skeptic Disposition in Contemporary Criticism*
Princeton UP, 1984.

The Failure of Criticism*
Harvard UP, 1978.

Culture and the Radical Conscience*
Harvard UP, 1973.

The Cult of the Ego: The Self in Modern Literature*
University of Chicago Press, 1968.

The Utopian Vision of D.H. Lawrence*
University of Chicago Press, 1963.

Books marked with an asterisk (*) have been reprinted, some with modified titles.  The dates given here are indicative of the original publication. 

Articles and reviews in publications such as DaedalusPartisan ReviewThe Sewanee Review, SalmagundiNew Literary HistoryCritical InquiryDissent, and The Nation.  The essay "Whistling in the Dark" was selected for inclusion in Houghton-Mifflin's The Best American Essays 2006.

Awards and Distinction

Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters: Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2014
Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, Bellagio, 1989
National Humanities Center, Fellow, 1987-88
New England PEN, Executive Board, 1983
National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellowship, 1980-81
Christian Gauss lectures, Princeton University 1972
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1970-71
Whiting Fellowship, 1969
University of Chicago, Willet Faculty Fellowship, 1965
ACLS Fellowship, 1965-66