Dr Helen Goodman is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at Bath Spa University (UK), specialising in nineteenth-century literature, culture, and medicine, with a a particular emphasis on mental health and wellbeing in the Victorian period. She has taught at Royal Holloway (University of London), New York University (London), and the University of Oxford.


PhD English (‘Mad Men: Borderlines of Insanity, Masculinity and Emotion in Victorian Literature and Culture’), Royal Holloway, University of London, 2015.

MA English (Victorian Studies), Distinction, University of Exeter, 2009.

BA hons. English, First Class, University of Exeter, 2008.


‘A story of treasure, war, and wild adventure’: inter-generational masculinities, imperial violence, and hero-worship in the novels of H. Rider Haggard’, Martial Masculinities: Experiencing and Imagining the Military in the Long Nineteenth Century, ed. Michael Brown, Anna Maria Barry and Joanne Begiato (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019).

‘Crocodile tears and beaver-hat hearts: weeping, authenticity, and emotional edification in Dickens’s early fiction’, Victorian Network, vol. 45, no. 1 (Spring 2019).

‘Masculinity, tourism, and adventure in nineteenth-century travel fiction’, Men, Masculinities, Travel and Tourism, ed. Thomas Thurnell-Read and Mark Casey (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015).

‘Madness and masculinity: male patients in London asylums and Victorian culture’, Insanity and the Lunatic Asylum in the Nineteenth Century, ed. Thomas Knowles and Serena Trowbridge (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2015).

Beyond These Walls: Confronting Madness in Society, Literature and Art, ed. Helen Goodman, Bernadette V. Russo and Joana Zozimo (Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2013).

‘Madness in marriage: erotomania and marital rape in He Knew He Was Right and The Forsyte Saga‘, Victorian Network, vol. 4, no. 2 (Winter 2012).


Blog Posts


    Mad Men: Insanity, Masculinity and Emotion in Victorian Literature and Culture

    Nervous Networks: Cultures of Stress, Nervous Exhaustion, and Wellbeing in European and Transatlantic Literature and Medicine, c. 1840-1920


    British Society for Literature and Science

    British Association for Victorian Studies

    Research Society for Victorian Periodicals

    Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies

    North American Victorian Studies Association

    International Commission on Science and Literature

    Nineteenth-Century Disability: Cultures and Contexts

    Victorian Popular Fiction Association

    Dickens Society

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