Department: English School: College of Arts and Sciences Campus: Manhattan
Member of NYIT Since: 2008
Literature scholar Jonathan Goldman is fascinated by the idea of "authorship as a counterpart to celebrity" – a theme he explores in his latest book, Modernism Is the Literature of Celebrity. The book examines the writings of modernist authors such as James Joyce and Gertrude Stein, who became famous during the early 20th century.
"That was when celebrity as we know it really came to be," Goldman says.
Goldman, who is a co-organizer of NYIT's March 2012 interdisciplinary conference Modernist Manhattan, is currently writing the chapter "Afterlife" for the Cambridge Companion to Ulysses, a book he predicts will have a wide readership. The chapter explores the reputation of Joyce's Ulysses, a staple reading of college literature courses, and how it relates to the author's reputation.
He also has two more books in the works – one about trademarking, inspired by his literature and celebrity book, and the other about boogaloo, a short-lived musical genre from the 1960s that fuses traditional Latin music with American pop music. Both book projects are supported by an Institutional Support for Research and Creativity (ISRC) grant from NYIT.
For now, Goldman is reviving boogaloo in the classroom, where he is teaching an interdisciplinary course on Latin culture in New York City. "It can be a fascinating subject for students at NYIT," he says. "We have a large Latino population in the school." The course combines literature and history, and students listen to music and watch films.
"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 in that process," he says.