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Marty Gould

Associate Professor of English
University of South Florida



Marty Gould is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Florida, where he teaches courses on nineteenth-century literature (and adaptation) at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Blending theory and criticism with close reading and lively discussion, his courses offer students a solid introduction to literary adaptation and its potential implications for teaching and research. He explores the pedagogical potential of adaptation studies in an essay on “Teaching Adaptation” in the Oxford Handbook to Adaptation Studies (2017). Currently at work on a book-length study of nineteenth-century theatrical adaptations of Dickens’s novels, Dr. Gould has presented papers on cinematic and narrative adaptation and has published work on Victorian literature and culture, literary adaptation, and pedagogy.

Professor Gould has a long association with the Dickens Project and is a veteran NEH Summer Seminar director: this will the fourth time he has directed a summer seminar at UC Santa Cruz. His 2011 and 2014 seminars explored Dickens and adaptation, focusing on Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol. In 2016, he led a seminar that explored various cultural and critical approaches to teaching A Tale of Two Cities and Hard Times. Past seminar participants have had this to say about the director:

  • The director is a first-rate scholar with enthusiasm beyond the beyond. High marks in all areas, particularly organization and leading discussions.
  • One of the most, if not the most, rewarding academic and professional experience that I have ever had. I was revitalized by the energy and enthusiasm that Dr. Gould emanated and that he transferred to all of us.
  • Marty pushed us to think critically about readings and to evaluate our teaching practices, theories, and adaptations in a new light. He was constantly available for guidance both in and out of the classroom.