Anne Goldman

Literature (19th and 20th Century American)

Office: Nichols Hall 338
Phone: (707) 664-2651

What I Do at SSU

I teach a wide range of courses in 19th and 20th century American literature for the English Department. Recent and forthcoming seminars and surveys include: “Politics and Publishing,” “From Paris to Prague: Jewish Literature in Europe,” “Chicana/o Narrative,” “Contemporary American Poetry,” and “Masters of Genre: Luis Urrea and Ana Castillo.”


Anne Goldman earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley in 1993. Before joining the faculty at Sonoma State, where she is now Professor of English, she taught for three years at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was awarded the Goldstein Award for Excellence in Scholarship at Sonoma State in 2011. Her work has also been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and an Ahmanson/Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Goldman’s scholarly publications include numerous essays and three books: Take My Word: Autobiographical Innovations of Ethnic American Working Women published with the University of California Press in 1996, Continental Divides: Revisioning American Literature published by Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press in 2000, and María Amparo Ruiz de Burton: Critical and Pedagogical Perspectives, a collection of critical essays co-edited with Professor Amelia Montes published with the University of Nebraska Press in 2004.

Her creative nonfiction has appeared in the Georgia Review, the Gettysburg Review, the Southwest Review, the Michigan Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Goldman’s essays are frequently cited as “Notable” in the Best American Essays. She has been nominated twice for the Pushcart, in whose 2010 edition she earned a special mention, and once for a National Magazine Award. Her essay “Listening to Gershwin” earned an award from the Magazine Association of the Southeast in 2009. Her website can be found at

Selected Publications

“An Ode to Energy,” Southwest Review (Winter 2011)

 “Questions of Transport: Reading Primo Levi Reading Dante,” Georgia Review (Spring 2010)

“Double Vision,” Gettysburg Review (Summer 2009)

“Listening to Gershwin,” Georgia Review (Summer 2008)

 “In Praise of Saul Bellow,” Michigan Quarterly Review (Winter 2008) link

Continental Divides: Revisioning American Literature (Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press, 2000) link

Take My Word: Autobiographical Innovations of Ethnic American Working Women (University of California Press, 1996) link