Department: English School: College of Arts and Sciences Campus: Manhattan
Member of NYIT Since: 2008
Literature scholar Jonathan Goldman is fascinated by "literature's relationship to its cultural moment," especially when that relationship can surprise us. His studies of 20th century writing led him to connect early 1900s literature with celebrity culture. "That was when celebrity as we know it really came to be," Goldman says. He explores the connection in his book, Modernism Is the Literature of Celebrity and other publications.
Goldman's new research examines literature in the context of law. He writes (and has an article forthcoming) about trademark law specifically, but is interested in literature's response to a variety of legal contexts, some of which appear in a collection of essays he is editing about James Joyce and law.
Complementing his academic research, Goldman, who believes that scholars benefit from presenting their work to nonacademic audiences, has been writing for such periodicals as The Paris Review and Open Letters Monthly. His October 2014 article for The Paris Review addresses a topic that has preoccupied him for a long timeLatin boogaloo, a short-lived musical genre from the 1960s that fuses traditional Latin music with African American soul and rock.
Goldman brings his passion for culture, and the exchange of ideas, into the NYIT classroom. One of his courses looks at Latin culture in New York City. "It can be a fascinating subject for students." The course combines literature and history, and students listen to music and watch films.
Goldman relishes the varied interests of NYIT students. He says: "It's a pleasure to teach students who love literature, but my plan has always been to also reach students who haven't ever seen the purpose of reading and writing and get them invigorated."