Sam Goodman

Dr Sam Goodman

  • Deputy Head of Department in Humanities and Law
  • 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 literature and culture

- Medical humanities

- Cold War studies

- Video game narratives and digital humanities

- Contemporary fiction

- Historical fiction/'Neo' fictions (neo-Victorian, neo-austerity)

- Modernism/Antimodernism/Postmodernism

Research background:

My doctoral research 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:

- 'The Retrospective Raj: Medicine, Literature & History After Empire' - monograph forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press, 2021.

- '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 (

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

- BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker 2015-16, 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. (


Journal Articles



  • 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: Goodman, S. and Matthews, G., eds. Violence & the Limits of Representation. Palgrave MacMillan.

Profile of Teaching PG

  • MA in Literary Media: Narrating Identities

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Level 5: Modernism & Postmodernism. Level 6: Space, Place & Environment; Media & Trauma; Dissertation.


  • 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

Internal Responsibilities

  • Level 6 Tutor/Academic Advisor, BA Communication & Media Degree Programme
  • Programme Leader, MA Literary Media/MLIT English

Attended Training

  • 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-),

External Media and Press

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