Santa Clara University

Phone: 408-554-4143
Fax: 408-554-4837
Location: St. Joseph's Hall
Room number: 314

Dr. Jill Goodman Gould

Senior Lecturer/Assistant Director of Writing

Dr. Jill Goodman Gould, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, has taught at Santa Clara University since 1986.  She received her B.A. and M.A. in English, and her Ph.D. in American Literature and English Renaissance Drama from the University of Oregon.

Before coming to Santa Clara, Dr. Goodman taught American literature on a Fulbright grant for two years at Marie Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland, where she became interested in Central European and Jewish literature.  Her research interests include composition and creative nonfiction – particularly life writing and travel writing, as well as Jewish literature, including memoir and drama, especially related to the Holocaust.  During the 2004-05 academic year, she received another Fulbright grant to teach in Poland and do research on the memory of the Holocaust. 

Dr. Goodman has been involved for many years with S.C.U. International Programs, teaching four summers in the Durham, England, program, and one semester in the London FIE program.  She advises and teaches workshops for students about to study abroad. In the English Department, she advises students who plan to teach high school English.  Related to an ongoing Arrupe project teaching at Downtown College Preparatory High School, she and several students created the Chelsea Literary Society, a women's book group that gives university students the opportunity to mentor and learn from local first-generation high school students. 

Courses Taught:

English 1A and 2A: Critical Thinking and Writing: International Perspectives: The Lives of Others – Explorations Through Biography

English 107: Life Stories and Film (Holocaust Oral History)

English 174: Nonfiction Writing: Writing about the Holocaust

English 174: Nonfiction Writing: Travel Writing

English 190: Senior Seminar: Life Writing: Memory, Narrative, and Imagination

English 191a: Practicum for Writing Tutors

Research Interests

Composition – particularly life writing and travel writing

Jewish literature – including memoir and drama, especially related to  the Holocaust

Representative Publications

"Writing in the Community: Lessons from Teaching At-risk  Teens."  Explore. Fall 2007.  20-24. 
"Imagining a Holocaust Childhood: Wilkomirski's 'Fictional Memoir,'  Fragments." The Legacy of the Holocaust: Children and the Holocaust. Eds.  Zygmunt Mazur, Fritz H. Konig, Arnold Krammer, Harry Brod, Wladyslaw Witalisz.  Cracow, Poland: Jagiellonian University Press, 2002.  93-102.
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