Department of English

Eugene Goodheart

Eugene GoodheartProfessor Emeritus
PhD, 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 Daedalus, Partisan Review, The Sewanee Review, Salmagundi, New Literary History, Critical Inquiry, Dissent, 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