My specializations include twentieth-century American literature, transatlantic modernism, women and literature, women’s and gender studies, and trauma studies. I examine identity constructions through critical literary theory and feminist lenses, specifically in relation to power dynamics underwriting representations of women, and I explore the literary and real-world political implications of textual representations of gendered bodies and identities. My publications and presentations treat subject positions and subjects that are bounded by a cultural script that is inflected by the categories of gender, race, class, and sexual orientation, as well as our expectations of socio-cultural and historically determined performances in the literary imagination or in the body politic. I also engage in research on teaching literature in my areas of expertise and have produced publications that are a combination of traditional research and teaching scholarship. Much of what I do involves positing new interpretations and considering the significance of important texts, often approached from feminist and/or trauma studies perspectives, in addition to presenting innovative teaching strategies that are grounded in the scholarship of literary studies and women’s and gender studies.
- Ph.D., English, Ball State University, 2007
- M.A., English, Ball State University, 2002
- B.A., English, Marian College, 2000
- B.A., Communication, Marian College, 2000
It is an honor to serve in professional leadership roles at various levels. Currently, I am serving a third appointed term on the Advisory Board of the international Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) and chaired the SSAWW Lifetime Achievement Award Committee and the SSAWW Nominations Committee. Among other appointments, I have served as the Co-Chair of the Women’s Committee (renamed the Gender and Sexuality Studies Committee) of the international American Studies Association (ASA). I regularly organize and chair panels at inter/national conferences and review manuscripts for many journals and presses, including Oxford University Press; Paideuma: Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics; Modernism/modernity; Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory; College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies; MELUS: The Journal of the Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature; The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945; The Explicator; Modern Language Studies; a/b: Auto/Biography Studies; Literature Compass; and Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice, among others. I also am a member of the Advisory Board for the international journal Studies in the Humanities and served as the Guest Editor of a themed double-issue volume of the journal. Additionally, I am an active member in the following professional organizations: Modern Language Association (MLA); Modernist Studies Association (MSA); various author societies affiliated with the American Literature Association (ALA); Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW); IU Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching (FACET); and the Midwest Regional Gender Studies Consortium (MRGSC). Moreover, I am delighted to be a Senior Fellow of the Mosaic Initiative at Indiana University.
- American Literature (1914 to the present)
- Studies in Women and Literature and Feminist Theory
- Senior Colloquium in Women's Studies
- English Capstone Seminar
- Sylvia Plath Studies
- Special Topics in Women’s Studies
- Trauma Studies, Women’s Studies, and Literary Studies
- American Ethnic and Minority Literature
- Literary Theory
- Modern and Contemporary Poetry
- Introduction to Poetry
- Introduction to Fiction
- Literary Interpretation
- Introduction to Women’s Studies
Administrative & Service Responsibilities
As the founding and current Director of the Office of Student Research (OSR), my responsibilities include the following: direct and supervise the support, funding, publicity, and dissemination of research by students in tandem with faculty mentors; promote intellectual inquiry and innovation to enrich the educational experience of students; and foster the efforts of students to contribute to academic and non-academic communities in Indiana and beyond. I also chair the OSR Review Board. In terms of appointments, I serve as the campus liaison for the statewide Indiana University Undergraduate Research Conference (IUURC) and serve on the IUPUI Office for Women Advisory Council. Other service responsibilities, past and present, include serving in the following capacities: co-founder of the Office for Women at IUPUC; advisor of Feminism Club at IUPUC; co-chair of the IU FACET teaching retreat/conference; Faculty Senate senator; member of the P&T Committee at IUPUC; member of the P&T Committee at IUPUI (IUPUI Faculty Council At-Large Representative); member of the Honors Program Faculty Advisory Council; member of the senate-affiliated Faculty Affairs Committee; member of the Grievance Board; member of the Bachelor of General Studies Faculty Advisory Council; and co-chair and member of various search and screen committees. Furthermore, I have served as an official mentor for students and faculty participating in the OSR; the IUURC; the IU Women’s and Gender Studies Conference; the First-Year Experience Initiative; the Sophomore Mentoring Program; and the Excellence in Leadership Initiative Program.
The Collected Writings of Assia Wevill, which I edited with Peter K. Steinberg (the co-editor of The Letters of Sylvia Plath, volumes 1 and 2), will be published in November 2021. This scholarly volume presents more than 150 primary texts by Assia Wevill (1927-1969)—letters, journals, poems, and miscellaneous writing—to the public for the first time. Assia Wevill, known for her relationships with Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) and Ted Hughes (1930-1998), emerges, through her own words, as an impressive creative voice and astute chronicler of her time. This book provides contextual information and the results of archival research to enable and activate multi-faceted and robust understandings of Assia Wevill as an accomplished translator and writer, talented artist, and complex person, whose influence and contributions made themselves known in her time and whose legacy continues into our own. This book was supported by an IUPUI Diversity Fellowship. For more information and to read advance praise of the book, please see https://lsupress.org/books/detail/collected-writings-of-assia-wevill/.
My book Reclaiming Assia Wevill: Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and the Literary Imagination is a scholarly monograph, published by Louisiana State University (LSU) Press in 2019. This book surfaces captivating biographical stories and weaves in compelling academic narratives about Assia Wevill, the “other woman” in the Ted Hughes-Sylvia Plath triangle, in order to recover and recuperate Assia; the approach is informed by literary studies, women’s studies, and trauma studies. The public interest in Plath, Hughes, and Assia has never waned, as evidenced by the steady production of cultural artifacts about them in our own cultural moment. However, this study is the first one to provide an in-depth consideration of Assia as an artist and is the first to map and track her impact on Plath and Hughes and their literary work in a scholarly study. The book traces how Assia has emerged in creative work and scholarship from the 1960s to the present, relying on published texts as well as archival materials. Additionally, the ways in which Assia’s life and work offer insight into our own times with respect to gender roles and power in heterosexual relationships; femininity and its challenges, dangers and pleasures; and our knowledge about and understanding of trauma and its manifestations in life, art, and the literary imagination are investigated, analyzed, discussed, and considered within literary and women’s studies theoretical frameworks. Importantly, in addition to contributing new scholarship on Assia Wevill, this book establishes new directions in Sylvia Plath studies and Ted Hughes studies, and it provides new feminist readings of Plath’s and Hughes’s poems. For more information, see https://lsupress.org/books/detail/reclaiming-assia-wevill/. Please see the following reviews for additional information about the book:
- Review: Badia, Janet. "Review of Reclaiming Assia Wevill: Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and the Literary Imagination by Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick." Modernism/modernity, vol. 28, no. 2, April 2021, pp. 398-400. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/795661
- Review: Crowther, Gail. "A Review of Reclaiming Assia Wevill: Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and the Literary Imagination by Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick, Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press, 2019." Feminist Modernist Studies, vol. 4, no. 1, 2021, pp. 133-35. https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/UINQNYWKQUCE7NZ4ZSXP/full?target=10.1080/24692921.2021.1888004
- Review: Leising, Gary. “More than the ‘Other Woman’: A Review of Reclaiming Assia Wevill: Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and the Literary Imagination by Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick (Baton Rouge, LA: LSU Press, 2019).” Plath Profiles: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Sylvia Plath Studies, vol. 12, no. 1, Sept. 2020, pp. 74-76. https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/plath/article/view/28970/35647
- My book Modernist Women Writers and War: Trauma and the Female Body in Djuna Barnes, H.D., and Gertrude Stein was published in 2011 by Louisiana State University (LSU) Press. This study focuses on representations of trauma, war, female bodies, and female identities and how these representations intersect with the identity politics in the poetry and prose of modernist women writers and war writers at large. I maintain that a new body of literature emerged, one in which a feminist investigation of war and trauma countered the paradigmatic war experience narrated by men. Djuna Barnes, H.D., and Gertrude Stein write women and their bodies into their texts in order to create space for female war writing, to insist on female presence in wartime, to acknowledge female war trauma, to deconstruct binary constructions concerning female identity, and to critique war and patriarchal politics. For more information, see https://lsupress.org/books/detail/modernist-women-writers-and-war/.
Forthcoming are the following: a chapter about teaching Sylvia Plath in The Bloomsbury Handbook to Sylvia Plath, edited by Anita Helle, Amanda Golden, and Maeve O’Brien and book reviews in Feminist Modernist Studies and Plath Profiles: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Sylvia Plath Studies.
- As for conference presentations, I have delivered papers at meetings of the Modern Language Association, the Modernist Studies Association, the American Literature Association, and the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, among others. In 2012, I served as an invited plenary speaker at the Gertrude Stein Symposium at Yale University and as a featured plenary speaker at the Sylvia Plath Symposium at Indiana University in Bloomington. In 2014, I delivered an invited talk on Sylvia Plath, feminism, and trauma studies as part of the Interdisciplinary Series at Marian University. In 2018, I gave the invited plenary talk at the Edward C. Moore Symposium on Excellence in Teaching and the Leap Indiana Conference to 250 people and delivered an invited featured talk in Plath studies at the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library. In 2020, I was proud to serve as an invited featured speaker at the Sylvia Plath Symposium on Zoom and as the plenary speaker at the IU FALCON conference. My next invited plenary talk is “Approaching Sylvia Plath and America in Ted Hughes’s Birthday Letters” at Ted Hughes and America: A Symposium.
Awards & Honors
- Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award, IUPUC, 2021
- Bicentennial Medal, Indiana University, 2020-2021
- Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award in Teaching, IUPUC, 2020
- Outstanding Advisor Award [for Feminism Club], IUPUC, 2020
- Indiana University Bicentennial Professor (Expanded Bicentennial Year, 2019-2020)
- Glenn W. Irwin, Jr., M.D. Experience Excellence Award, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 2019
- Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, IUPUC, 2019
- Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award, IUPUC, 2018
- Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award in Service, IUPUC, 2018
- Kathryn J. Wilson Award for Outstanding Leadership and Mentoring of Undergraduate Research, Center for Research and Learning, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 2017-2018
- The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 2017
- Outstanding Advisor Award [for Feminism Club], IUPUC, 2017
- Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award in Service, IUPUC, 2016
- Outstanding Advisor Award [for Feminism Club], IUPUC, 2015
- Excellence in Diversity Award, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, IUPUC, 2015
- Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award, IUPUC, 2014
- Inspirational Woman Award, Women’s History Month Leadership Awards [theme: “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment”], Office for Women, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), 2014
- Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, IUPUC, 2013
- Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, IUPUC, 2011
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie and Peter K. Steinberg, editors. The Collected Writings of Assia Wevill. Louisiana State University (LSU) Press, forthcoming
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. Reclaiming Assia Wevill: Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and the Literary Imagination. Louisiana State University (LSU) Press, 2019.
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. Modernist Women Writers and War: Trauma and the Female Body in Djuna Barnes, H.D., and Gertrude Stein. Louisiana State University (LSU) Press, 2011.
Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “Feminist Recovery, Service Learning, and Community Engagement in a Sylvia Plath Studies Undergraduate Seminar.” The Bloomsbury Handbook to Sylvia Plath, edited by Anita Helle, Amanda Golden, and Maeve O’Brien, Bloomsbury, forthcoming
Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “Modernist Women Writers, Feminist Pedagogy, and the New Modernist Studies Classroom.” Teaching Modernist Women Writers in English, edited by Janine Utell, Modern Language Association, 2021, pp. 351-363.
Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “Revisiting Amy Lowell’s World War I Poetry.” Critical Insights: Feminism, edited by Robert C. Evans, Salem Press, 2020, pp. 149-167.
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “Feminism and Identity Politics in a Critical Close Reading of ‘Good Country People.’” Approaches to Teaching Flannery O’Connor, edited by Robert Donahoo and Bruce Gentry, Modern Language Association, 2019, pp. 194-199.
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “Teaching Diversity to Undergraduates Via Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons and Other Texts from The Selected Writings.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Gertrude Stein, edited by Logan Esdale and Deborah M. Mix, Modern Language Association, 2018, pp. 101-106.
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. "Modernist Style, Identity Politics, and Trauma in Hemingway’s ‘Big Two-Hearted River’ and Gertrude Stein's 'Picasso.'" Teaching Hemingway and Modernism, edited by Joseph Fruscione, Kent State University Press, 2015, pp. 10-20.
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “Sexual Trauma and Traumatic Narration in Charlotte Brontë’s Villette.” Reflections on World Literatures, edited by Nilanshu Kumar Agarwal, Yking Books, 2011, pp. 18-40.
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie Elaine. “Derrida’s Deconstruction of Logocentrism: Implications for Trauma Studies.” Theory after Derrida: Essays in Critical Praxis, edited by Kailash C. Baral and R. Radhakrishnan, Routledge, 2009, pp. 264-279. Rpt. of Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 6, no. 2, Spring 2006.
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “Identity Politics, Modernist Aesthetics, and Modernist Abstraction in H.D.’s Helen in Egypt.” Paideuma: Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, vol. 44, 2017, pp. 205-224. [Actual publication date: Summer 2019]
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “Identity Politics in Sui Sin Far’s Spring Fragrance: Race and Gender Dynamics in ‘The Sing Song Woman’ and ‘Its Wavering Image.’” Ethnic Studies Review: The Journal of the National Association of Ethnic Studies, vol. 39-40, no. 1-2, 2016-2017, pp. 165-73. [Actual publication date: Summer 2018]
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “Reconsidering the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven and Kay Boyle: Feminist Aesthetics and Modernism.” Feminist Formations, vol. 28, no. 2, Summer 2016, pp. 51-72.
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “‘America is my country and Paris is my home town’: Citizenship and the Art of Belonging in Gertrude Stein’s Paris France and Wars I Have Seen.” Studies in American Culture, vol. 38, no. 1, Oct. 2015, pp. 63-79.
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “Approaching Identity Politics in Literature: Reading, Interpreting, and Teaching Nella Larsen’s Passing.” The CEA Critic: An Official Journal of the College English Association, vol. 77, no. 2, July 2015, pp. 177-188.
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “Reconfiguring Identities in the Word and in the World: Naming Marginalized Subjects and Articulating Marginal Narratives in Early Canonical Works by Gertrude Stein.” South Central Review, vol. 31, no. 2, Summer 2014, pp. 9-27.
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “Trauma and Identity Politics in Ai’s Dread.” College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies, vol. 41, no. 3, Summer 2014, pp. 114-132.
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “Interpretations and Implications of Trauma and Narrative in Sylvia Plath’s Ariel.” The Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies, vol. 1, no. 2, Fall 2012, pp. 117-146. [Actual publication date: Summer 2013]
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie Elaine. “The Ambiguous Text: Behn’s The Widow Ranter as Potentially Feminist.” In-Between: Essays & Studies in Literary Criticism, vol. 16, no. 1-2, 2007, pp. 41-56. [Actual publication date: Fall 2010]
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “The Violent Circumscription of Female Space in the Body (Poetic) Politic.” LiCus: The Journal of Literary Theory and Cultural Studies, vol. 3, no. 5, 2008, pp. 25-33. [Actual publication date: Fall 2009]
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “Sexual Politics in The Waste Land: Eliot’s Treatment of Women and Their Bodies in ‘A Game of Chess’ and ‘The Fire Sermon.’ CLA Journal: Official Quarterly Publication of The College Language Association, vol. 52, no. 4, 2009, pp. 382-392. Rpt. of Feminismo/s, vol. 4, Dec. 2004, pp. 117-126.
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “Mary-ing Isis and Mary Magdalene in ‘The Flowering of the Rod’: Revisioning and Healing through Female-Centered Spirituality in H.D.’s Trilogy.” Florida Atlantic Comparative Studies, vol. 10, no. 1, 2007-2008, pp. 29-53. [Actual publication date: Spring 2009]
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “The Heteroglot Voice in Ella Deloria’s Waterlily.” Pembroke Magazine, vol. 38, 2006, pp. 87-91.
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie Elaine. “Sexual Politics in ‘The Wife of Bath’s Prologue’ and ‘Tale’: The Rhetorics of Domestic Violence and Rape.” Readerly/Writerly Texts: Essays in Literature, Composition, and Pedagogical Theory, vol. 11-12, no. 1-2, 2004-2005, pp. 155-162. [Actual publication date: Spring 2006]
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “Howells’s ‘Editha’: A Reevaluation.” Short Story, vol.12, no. 2, Fall 2004, pp. 63-70. [Actual publication date: Spring 2006]
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “An Assessment and Application of Structuralism and Linguistics: A Structuralist Approach to ‘The Woman Who Fell From the Sky,’ A Native American Creation Myth.” Semiotica: Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies, vol. 155, no. 1, 2005, pp. 215-227.
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie Elaine. “The September 19, 1838 Letter from George Bailey Loring (1817-1891) to James Russell Lowell (1819-1891).” ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews, vol. 18, no. 1, Winter 2005, pp. 46-50.
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “Postcolonial Responses to White Australia: Traumatic Representations of Persons of Native and Mixed Blood in Australian Contemporary Literature (Especially Women’s Writing).” Atlantic Literary Review, vol. 4, no. 4, Oct.-Dec. 2003, pp. 199-218.
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “Sexual and Identity Politics in Nella Larsen’s Passing: Woman as Commodity.” The Griot: Official Journal of the Southern Conference on Afro-American Studies, Inc., vol. 22, no. 2, Fall 2003, pp. 99-104.
- Goodspeed, Julie Elaine. “The Case for an Australian Modernist and Feminist Poetics: In Defense of Slessor’s ‘Heine in Paris.’” Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature, vol. 17, no. 1, June 2003, pp. 25-8.
- Goodspeed, Julie. “The Use of Endogamous Marriage in the Formation of Creole Identity in Cable’s The Grandissimes, Chopin’s ‘Athénaïse,’ and King’s ‘La Grande Demoiselle.’” Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South, vol. 9, no. 4, Winter 1998, pp. 45-67. [Actual publication date: Fall 2002]
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “Ariel by Sylvia Plath.” Masterplots: Fourth Edition, edited by Laurence W. Mazzeno, Salem Press, 2010, pp. 313-315.
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “‘The Laugh of the Medusa’ by Hélène Cixous.” Masterplots: Fourth Edition, edited by Laurence W. Mazzeno, Salem Press, 2010, pp. 3163-3165.
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie Elaine.“Ai.” Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature, edited by Seiwoong Oh, Facts on File, 2007, pp. 6-7.
- Goodspeed-Chadwick, Julie. “Vestiges of Modernism: A Review of the One Life: Sylvia Plath Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.” Modernism/modernity, vol. 25, no. 4, 2018, pp. 831-838.