Abby Goode

Assistant Professor of Early American Literature

BA, University of Vermont; MST, Pace University; MA, PhD, Rice University

Office: Ellen Reed 18
Phone: 603-535-2294

Abby Goode specializes in early and nineteenth-century American literature, sustainability studies, transnational American studies, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Currently, she is writing a book about the history of sustainability, agriculture, and population control in American literature. Her research appears in venues such as Early American Literature, ESQ, Studies in American Fiction, and American Studies in Scandinavia. Her work has been supported by fellowships from the the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the American Antiquarian Society, the Institute for Citizens and Scholars, and the First Book Institute at the Center for American Literary Studies at Penn State.

Dr. Goode’s teaching focuses on creating opportunities for student innovation, open learning, and community engagement, even after the semester is over. Most recently, her students have been expanding and revising The Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature, and developing a digital theory handbook entitled The Student Theorist.

Before joining PSU’s English department in 2016, Dr. Goode developed and taught courses at Rice University on topics such as Sustainability in America, Literature and Medicine, and Global Literatures in English. In addition to her work at Rice, she has taught high school Spanish in Brooklyn, NY, middle school creative writing for Writers in the Schools, and a range of American literature courses for adult learners at The Women’s Institute of Houston.



“Whitman’s Eugenic Sustainability,” ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture 65.4 (December 2019): 692-734.

Slow Interdisciplinarity,” Hybrid Pedagogy, 12 November 2019. Reprinted in Hybrid Teaching: Pedagogy, People, and Politics, ed. Chris Friend (forthcoming 2021).

No ‘Rural Bowl of Milk’: Demographic Agrarianism and Unsustainability in Pierre,” Studies in American Fiction 44.1 (Spring 2017): 27-52.

“Burger King and Transnational American Studies,” with AnaMaria Seglie. American Studies in Scandinavia 47.2 (November 2015): 103-123.

Gothic Fertility in Leonora Sansay’s Secret History,” Early American Literature 50.2 (June 2015): 449-473.

Book Chapters

“‘Against Sustainability’: And Other Provocations for a First-Year Writing-Intensive Seminar” Sustainability in/and Writing Intensive Courses, ed. Joseph Lease (Lexington Books’ Ecocritical Theory and Practice Series, forthcoming).


Invited review of Irina Aristarkhova, The Hospitality of the Matrix: Philosophy, Biomedicine, and Culture(New York: Columbia UP, 2012)philoSOPHIA: A Journal in Continental Feminism 4.2 (Summer 2014): 239-243.

Public Writing

Against ‘Product-Based Learning’: Open Texts are Never Finished.” Open Pedagogy Notebook, 16 September 2018.

Selected Presentations

“Queer Ecology or Colonial Nightmare?: The Case of Poe’s Pym.” Roundtable Title: “Reading the Ecosexual in the Nineteenth Century.” C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Conference, Coral Gables, FL October 2020. (Roundtable Organizer and Chair) 

“Ecosexual Relations at Sea.” Panel Title: “Bonsai, Shipwrecks, Households, & Birds: Imagining Sustainable Relations.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, March 2020.

“An American Farmer in the Tropics.” Panel title: “Climate and the Body.” Society of Early Americanists’ 11th Biennial Conference, Eugene, OR, March 2019.

“Rethinking Early American Literature: An Open Education Case Study.” Panel title: “American Literature Pedagogies.” Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, January 2019.

“‘This is the American Earth’: The Nineteenth-Century Literary Roots of Malthusian Environmentalism.” Panel title: “Population in the Americas.” C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Conference. Albuquerque, NM, March 2018.

“Agrotopias: Early Sustainability Discourse and American Literature.” Fellows Lecture. American Antiquarian Society. Worcester, MA, January 2018.

“Gender the Cultural Legacy of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.” Invited Public Lecture. New Hampshire Humanities. Littleton Public Library, Littleton, NH, November 2017.

“Postbellum Proto-eugenics in Whitman’s Reconstruction Writing.” American Literature Association 28th Annual Conference, Boston, MA, May 2017.

“Sustaining Jefferson.” Roundtable title: “What Do You Want from Early America?” Society of Early Americanists’ 10th Biennial Conference, Tulsa, OK, March 2017.

Burger King and Transnational American Studies.” with AnaMaria Seglie. Special session title: “After Transnational American Studies.” Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Austin, TX, January 2016. (Special Session Organizer and Chair)

Courses Taught

Literary Studies:

  • Studies in English
  • Rethinking Early American Literature
  • Eating American Literature: Literatures of Food, Eating, and Agriculture
  • Critical Theory
  • Currents in American Literature I

General Education:

  • American Food Issues: From Fast Food Nation to Farm Stands
  • Composition: What is Sustainability?
  • Wilderness Literature

Independent Studies:

  • Introduction to Teaching English in the College Setting
  • Introduction to College Teaching

Selected Awards and Recognition

  • Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Research Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, 2017-2018
  • Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award, Rice Center for Teaching Excellence, 2017
  • Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies, 2015