Sam Goodman

Professor Sam Goodman

  • Professor in English and Communication
  • Weymouth House W322, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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After working in further education teaching and a brief stint in music journalism, I completed my MA in Twentieth Century Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2008 before moving to the University of Exeter to begin my PhD. After completing my PhD in 2012, I was an Honorary Research Fellow at Exeter 2012-13. I joined BU as Lecturer in English & Communication in 2013.

My research interests are broadly based around Identity, Englishness, Empire, and popular culture in the C.20th, and I would be interested in supervising PhD projects on the following areas:

- Popular literatures and cultures

- Medical humanities

- Spatiality and spatial theory

- Cold War studies

- Video game narratives and digital humanities

- Contemporary fiction

- Historical fiction

- Modernism/Antimodernism/Postmodernism

Research background:

My doctoral research, and first monograph, examined the intersection of literature and culture throughout the Cold War through analysis of Britishness and decolonisation in the work of Graham Greene, Ian Fleming and John le Carré...




Current/past research Activity:

Coastal Communities, Coastal Stories - Heritage Lottery-funded project on history of Bournemouth, 2023-25.

- 'The Retrospective Raj: Medicine, Literature & History After Empire' - monograph, Edinburgh University Press, 2022.

- Co-I on 'Comics in the Time of COVID 19', AHRC/UKRI-funded research project, 2020-2022 (

- 'Colonial Consumption: Alcohol, Medicine & Society in British India', 2018-19, supported by a Wellcome Trust Research Bursary.

- Member of Literature & the Reading Public, University of Huddersfield, supported by the British Academy, 2018-19. (

- Imperial Measures: Alcohol, Medicine & Health in Colonial India. 2016-2017. Supported by a Wellcome Trust Research Bursary. (

- BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker 2015-present, appearing on Free Thinking and The Essay (

- Member of Durham Centre for Medical Humanities New Generations programme, funded by the AHRC and Wellcome Trust, 2014-15. (


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

Good health and well-being

"Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages"

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Life on land

"Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss"

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Peace, justice and strong institutions

"Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels"

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Journal Articles



  • Goodman, S., 2023. Archival Rushdie. In: Stadtler, F., ed. Salman Rushdie in Context. Cambridge University Press.
  • Dias-Lewandowska, D., Fenton, L., Goodman, S. and Kümin, B., 2022. ALTERED STATES: Changing conditions of excess in European drinking cultures1. Routledge Handbook of Intoxicants and Intoxication. 501-522.
  • Goodman, S., 2018. Everything Must Go: Empire, the Booker Prize and Popularity. In: Atia, N. and Houlden, K., eds. Popular Postcolonialisms: Discourse of Empire & Popular Culture. Routledge.
  • Goodman, S., 2015. Lady Amateurs & Gentleman Professionals: Emergency Nursing in the Indian Rebellion of 1857’. In: Sweet, H. and Hawkins, S., eds. Nursing In History. Manchester University Press.
  • Goodman, S., 2015. ‘Literature & Disease: A Novel Contagion’. In: Jackson, M., ed. Routledge History of Disease. Routledge.
  • Goodman, S., 2014. ‘This Time it’s Personal: Reliving and Rewriting History in 1970s Fiction’. In: Hubble, N., McLeod, J. and Tew, P., eds. The 1970s: A Decade of British Fiction. Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Goodman, S., 2013. ‘Skeletons of Solid Objects: Imperial Violence and J.G Farrell’s Empire Trilogy’. In: Matthews, G., ed. Violence & the Limits of Representation. Palgrave MacMillan.


PhD Students

  • Jayne Rowney, 2023. The New Girl (creative), (In progress)
  • Sarah Coles, 2027. How was the British Empire and imperialism portrayed to children in Britain, through education and popular culture, 1880 -1939?, (In progress)
  • David Alder. Against The Grain: The Semiotic Repertoire Of ‘Madam Genever’ From William Of Orange To The Twenty-First Century ‘Ginaissance’ – A Social And Class History Of Gin In Britain., (In progress)
  • Ophelia Matthias. Can slam poetry poetry improve connectivity between NHS staff & African migrant mothers in the UK who are culturally stigmatised for having a child with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? (MRes), (In progress)
  • Stephen Allard. ‘When does Page Become Stage’ Exploring Evolving Poetic Practices in Digital Spaces, (In progress)
  • Alexandra Alberda, 2021. Graphic Medicine Exhibited: Public Engagement with Comics in Curatorial Practice and Visitor Experience Since 2010, (Completed)

Profile of Teaching PG

  • MA in English & Literary Media: Culture & Controversy, Dissertation/Major Project.

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Level 4: Making of Modern Britain; Forms & Contexts. Level 6: Space, Place & Environment; Media & Trauma; Dissertation.


  • Coastal Communities, Coastal Stories (Heritage Lottery Funding, 01 Nov 2023). Awarded
  • South West Early Career Network (conglomerate) (British Academy, 19 May 2022). In Progress
  • Comics in the Time of COVID19 (Arts and Humanities Research Council, 01 Feb 2021). Completed
  • Colonial Consumption: Alcohol, Medicine & Society in British India (Wellcome Trust, 08 Jan 2018). Completed
  • Imperial Measures: Beer, Medicine & Health in Colonial India (Wellcome Trust, 04 Apr 2016). Awarded
  • Small Grant Award - ‘A Great Beneficial Disease’: Colonial Medicine & Imperial Authority in J. G. Farrell’s The Siege of Krishnapur. (Wellcome Trust, 01 Oct 2012). Completed
  • ‘Medicine, Health & the Arts in Post-War Britain’ (Wellcome Trust, 03 Jan 2012). Completed
  • ‘Cradle to the Grave: Reciprocity and Exchange in the Making of Medicine and the Modern Arts’ (Arts Humanities Research Council, 14 Apr 2011). Completed

External Responsibilities

Internal Responsibilities

Attended Training

  • TeachBU Mentor/Assessor training, 02 Nov 2021
  • Doctoral College Established Supervisors Training, 06 Dec 2019
  • Unconscious Bias Training, 03 Jun 2019
  • Introduction to Academic Advising, 08 Jun 2018
  • BU Programme Leader Training, 06 Sep 2017
  • HEA Writing Retreat, 04 Jul 2017
  • Programme Leadership Training, 13 Jun 2017
  • Grants Academy, 25 Nov 2015
  • New Doctoral Supervisors Training, 25 Nov 2014


  • Higher Education Academy, Senior Fellow (2017-),
  • Drinking Studies Network, Member (2016-),
  • Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA), Member (2016-),
  • Popular Cultures Association of America, Member (2014-),

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