Dr. Maik Goth

Title:   Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter foto
Postal address :   Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Englisches Seminar
D-44780 Bochum
Office:   GB 5/29
Phone:   +49-234-32-25056
Email:   Maik.Goth * AT * ruhr-uni-bochum.de
Office hours:   mi 10-11



Research Interests

I am a literary scholar combining expertise in the literature of the early modern period as well as in Restoration and eighteenth-century comedy with a wide range of interests in literature and drama from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century. I have taught a diverse array of literary courses at BA-level, covering almost all periods of English literature, from courses on medieval English literature and Renaissance poetry, to Restoration drama and criticism, children's adventure novels of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as postmodern drama. Additionally, my teaching has included courses in Foreign Language Teaching (Fremdsprachenausbildung). Since autumn 2012, I have been Corresponding Editor of the Spenser Review (gen. ed. Prof David Lee Miller).

Research Interests:

I wrote my PhD thesis on the monsters and monstrous beings in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene (1590; 1596), and am currently embarking on a wide-ranging study of the use of Terence in English comedy and criticism, 1660-1780.

Literary-Cultural Interests The Monstrous in Literature und Culture; Reception History; Discourse on Skin and Corporeality
English Literature Renaissance Poetry and Drama (Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton); Metaphysical Poetry (Donne, Herbert); Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Comedy; Fin de Siècle Literatures (19th and 20th centuries); Modern Theatre and Drama; Children's Literature
American Literature The American Short Story (classical – modern – postmodern); Nineteenth-Century Poetry; Melville; Americans in Paris; Eugene O'Neill
Latin Roman Comedy (Terence, Plautus); Augustan Poetry, especially Horace and Ovid

Courses Winter Term 2012/13:

English Literature 1700 to the present:
Seminar: Staging Lives – Biographical Plays in Postmodern Drama, 4 CP
Mi 12-14, GB 6/137

Basismodul Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft:
050 604 Introduction to Literary Studies, 3 CP
Gruppe A: Mo 14-16, GABF 04/614

Basismodul Sprach- und Textproduktion:
050600 Grammar BM, 2 CP
Gruppe A: Mo 16-18, GABF 04/413

Courses Summer Term 2013:

050 632 English Literature before 1700:
Renaissance Revenge Tragedy
Mi 14–16, GB 5/37

Basismodul Sprach- und Textproduktion:
050601 Academic Skills, 2 CP
Gruppe D: Mo 16–18, GABF 04/253
Focus: Poetry from the First World War
050600 Grammar BM, 2 CP
Gruppe D: Mi 16–18, GB 5/37

Courses Winter Term 2013/14:

050642 Romantic Poetry
Mo 14-16 GB 04/614



From Chaucer's Pardoner to Shakespeare's Iago: Aspects of Intermediality in the History of the Vice,Studien zur englischen und amerikanischen Literatur (Frankfurt/M. et al.: Peter Lang: 2009)

Monsters and the Poetic Imagination in "The Faerie Queene": "Most Ugly Shapes, and Horrible Aspects". The Manchester Spenser. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015.


"John Lanchester's The Debt to Pleasure (1996): An Aesthetics of Textual Surprise." Connotations 14 (2004/2005): 135-61 (peer-reviewed)

'"Infinite Shapes of Things": Monsters and the Monstrous in Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene', Clerks, Wives and Historians: Essays on Medieval Language and Literature. Ed. Winfried Rudolf, Thomas Honegger and Andrew James Johnston, Variations 8 (Bern et al.: Peter Lang, 2008), pp. 141-84 (selected)

"Spenser As Prometheus: The Monstrous and Poetic Creation in the Early Modern Period." Connotations 18 (2008/09): 182-207 (peer-reviewed)

"'Killing, Hewing, Stabbing, Dagger-drawing, Fighting, Butchery': Skin Penetration in Renaissance Tragedy and Its Bearing on Dramatic Theory", Comparative Drama 46 (2012): 139-162 (peer-reviewed)

forthcoming: "Exaggerating Terence's Andria: Sir Richard Steele's The Conscious Lovers, Daniel Bellamy's The Perjur'd Devotee, and Terentian Criticism", Ancient Comedy and Reception: Studies in the Classical Tradition of Comedy from Aristophanes to the Twenty-First Century. Ed. D. Olson and W. Haase (Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2014).

"Double Entendre in Restoration and Early Eighteenth-Century Comedy." Wordplay and Metalinguistic/Metadiscursive Reflection: Authors, Contexts, Techniques, and Meta-Reflection. Ed. Angelika Zirker and Esme Winter-Froemel. The Dynamics of Wordplay 1. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2015, 71-94.

In addition, I write review articles for The Spenser Review, Mediaevalia et Humanistica, Anglistik, and Forum Modernes Theater.