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Audrey Goodman

Assoc Chair

Ph.D., Columbia University, 1997


Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American
Literature and Southwestern Studies


Audrey Goodman’s research and teaching interests focus on the literary and visual cultures of the modern metropolis, the greater U.S. Southwest, and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in American Realism and Naturalism, metropolitan modernism, image and text, literature of the U.S Southwest, regional and landscape studies, and Native American literature.
Dr. Goodman’s first book, Translating Southwestern Landscapes (U of Arizona Press, 2002), examines the literary formation of the American Southwest as a complex response to uneven development in the United States in the late nineteenth century.  It won the 2003 Thomas J. Lyon Award for the Best Critical Book on Western American Literature from the Western Literature Association.  Her second book, Lost Homelands (U of Arizona Press, 2010), provides new perspectives on the history and value of regional writing in the United States in the twentieth century and on the cultural legacy of colonization in North America.  It maps contact zones where cultures of the U.S. Southwest have met and explores how the varieties of regional stories told in novels, memoirs, illustrated books, and films constitute a vital, collective response to the destructive cultural dimensions of modernization.  Other recent publications have analyzed photographic portraits by Ansel Adams and Edward Weston; the iconography of the Atomic Age; the poetics of wandering; Willa Cather’s acoustic archive; and networks of women artists and photographers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Mexico City.
Her current book project, “Western Apertures,” explores how phototexts by women writers native to the West tell, revise, and create the region’s diverse landscapes. Looking beyond the “wilderness plot” that has shaped masculine and popular conceptions of the Anglo West, this study considers how stories of cultural and environmental transformation emerge through the interaction of images and verbal narratives. At a time when digital archives make the reproduction of images effortless, such critical attention to the materiality of the photographic image and to the cultural significance of the book as circulating object offers a method for reassessing the power of printed images and texts to generate intimate senses of time and place.
Co-founder of the South Atlantic Center for the Institut des Amériques (SACIdA), Dr. Goodman has promoted collaboration with faculty and students at the University of Toulouse, Jean-François Champollion University in Albi, the University of Versailles, and the University of Venice – Cà Foscari.



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Lost Homelands: Ruin and Reconstruction in the Twentieth-Century Southwest.  Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2010.

Translating Southwestern Landscapes: The Making of an Anglo Literary Region. Tuscon: University of Arizona Press, 2002.


Lost Homelands: Ruin and Reconstruction in the Twentieth-Century Southwest.  Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2010.

Translating Southwestern Landscapes: The Making of an Anglo Literary Region.  Tucson: U of Arizona Press, 2002.


Selected Essays and Book Chapters

“Local Apertures and Errant Visions: Tina Modotti’s Mexican Modernism.” Women of the Americas.  Ed. Anne Reynes and Dante Barrientos.  Aix-en-Provence and Marseille: University Press of Aix-Marseille.  Forthcoming.

“Southwest Literary Borderlands.” Cambridge History of Western American Literature.  Ed. Susan Kollin.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.  154-161.

 “Alternating Sounds in The Song of the Lark: Willa Cather’s Acoustic Archive.”  Miranda 11 (July 2015):

“Ansel Adams as Portraitist.” Ácoma No. 3 (Spring/Summer 2012): 148-159.

“Image/Text/Place: Stieglitz and Weston’s Photographic Narratives.” Carrefour Alfred Stieglitz. Ed. Jay Bochner.   Rennes, France: Presses Universitaires de Rennes. 2012. 233-246.

“The Nuclear Southwest.” A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West.  Ed. Nicolas Witschi.  London and New York: Blackwell Publishers, 2011. 483-98.

“The Road West, Revised Editions.” Miranda 5 (December 2011):

“Windows on the West.” Sojourns 6:1 (Winter/Spring 2011): 24-35.

“Representing the Black Place: Towards an Iconography of the Atomic Age.” Southwestern American Literature 33:3 (2008): 69-81.

“Cultivating Otowi Bridge.” Postwestern Cultures: Literature, Theory, Space.  Ed. Susan Kollin.  Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007.  206-222.

“The Tasks of Southwestern Translation: Charles Lummis at Isleta Pueblo, 1888-1892.”  Journal of the Southwest 43.3 (2001): 343-378.

“The Immeasurable Possession of Air: Willa Cather and the Romance of Landscape.”  Arizona Quarterly 55.4 (1999): 49-78.