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Audrey Goodman

Associate Chair

Ph.D., Columbia University, 1997


Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American
Literature and Southwestern Studies


Audrey Goodman’s research focuses on the literary and visual cultures of the greater U.S. Southwest and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Her first book, Translating Southwestern Landscapes, won the 2003 Thomas J. Lyon Award for the Best Critical Book on Western American Literature from the Western Literature Association for its examination of the literary formation of the American Southwest.

A recipient of fellowships from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center in Santa Fe and the Huntington Library in Pasadena, Dr. Goodman has contributed essays to Postwestern Cultures (U of Nebraska Press, 2007)Blackwell’s Companion to the Literatures and Cultures of the American West (2011), and Cambridge’s History of Western American Literature (2016). Other recent publications analyze Tina Modotti’s Mexican modernism; the poetics of wandering; Willa Cather’s acoustic archive; U.S.-Mexico border photography; and networks of women artists and photographers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Mexico City.

Dr. Goodman teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in modern and contemporary American literature, regional writing, photography and literature, and Native literatures of the U.S. West. 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 Jaurès, the University of Paris-Saclay, and the University of Venice-Cà Foscari. She currently serves as study abroad director for student exchanges with Jean-François Champollion University in Albi, France.





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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; reprinted 2016.

Selected Essays and Book Chapters

“New Bohemias, California Style: The Intimate and Global Networks of Photographic Modernism.” Left in the West. Ed. Gioia Woods. University of Nevada Press, 2018. 277-304.

“From Fugitive Poses to Visual Sovereignty: The Photo-poetics of Leslie Silko’s Storyteller and Joy Harjo’s Crazy Brave.” Transatlantica, November 2018,

“Assembling California Photobooks.” Iperstoria 11 Special Issue: American Constructions of Photography / Photographic Constructions of America (Spring/Summer 2018),

“Visuality.” Keyword in Western American Literary Studies. Western American Literature 53.1 (Spring 2018): 91-96.

“Pathways into the Borderlands.” Essay and photo portfolio collaboration with Susan Harbage Page, photographer and creator of the U.S.-Mexico Border Project. Five Points 18.2 (2017): 65-74.

“Local Apertures and Errant Visions: Tina Modotti’s Mexican Modernism.” Écritures dans les Amériques au feminin. Eds. Dante Barrientos-Tecus and Anne Reynes-Delobel. Aix-en-Provence: Presses universitaires de Provence. Open Edition. 2017.

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

“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.