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Skidmore College
English Department

Sarah GoodwinSarah Goodwin

Faculty Assessment Coordinator
Teagle Assessment Scholar

A.B., Radcliffe College
Ph.D., (Comparative Literature), Brown University

Office: Palamountain 305
Phone: (518) 580-8392

Sarah Webster Goodwin is Professor of English and has been teaching in IGR since it began at Skidmore. Her teaching interests, in addition to subjects related to racial identity and IGR, include early 19th-century British literature, the history of property, law and literature, and gender studies. She is also the Faculty Assessment Coordinator and is deeply interested in how people learn, what we want students to learn, how we know when they have learned it, and what to do when they haven’t. Goodwin is also the author of Kitsch and Culture: The Dance of Death in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Graphic Arts and of scholarly articles, and the co-editor of three volumes of essays, including Death and Representation and Feminism, Utopia and Narrative.

Courses Taught:

  • EN 110: Introduction to Literary Studies
  • EN 213: Poetry
  • EN 229: Law and Literature
  • EN 351: British Romanticism
  • ID 351: Racial Identities: Theory and Praxis

Teaching and Research Interests:

  • British and European Romanticism
  • Racial identities, sexualities, law, and literature
  • Student learning, assessment, pedagogies, the purposes of liberal education
  • Women and literature
  • Literary theory

Selected Publications:

  • Author of Kitsch and Culture: The Dance of Death in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Graphic Arts (Garland, 1988)
  • Co-editor of Death and Representation (Johns Hopkins, 1991)
  • Co-editor of The Scope of Words (Peter Lang, 1991)
  • Co-editor of Feminism, Utopia and Narrative (U of Tennessee P, 1989)
  • Author of articles and reviews in Novel, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, L'Esprit créateur and other journals and collections