Jaime Goodrich

Jaime Goodrich

Associate Professor and Interim Associate Chair


9203.1, 5057 Woodward




Jaime Goodrich



Jaime Goodrich is an Associate Professor of English at Wayne State University and Editor of Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts. She specializes in early modern literature, with a particular focus on early modern women writers and religion, especially Catholicism.  In recovering the neglected and lost voices of marginalized female authors, she aims to extend the boundaries of the canon and to demonstrate the value of early modern women's writings for our contemporary era.

Her first monograph analyzes the political and cultural aspects of early modern Englishwomen's religious translations (Faithful Translators: Authorship, Gender, and Religion in Early Modern England, Northwestern University Press, 2014). Her second monograph (Writing Habits: Historicism, Philosophy, and English Benedictine Convents, 1600-1800) is forthcoming in Fall 2021 from University of Alabama Press, as part of its new series, Strode Studies in Early Modern Literature and Culture. Combining the methodologies of historicism and philosophy, Writing Habits considers the existentialist implications of the God-centered communities found in monasteries. 

In addition, she has published over a dozen articles and book chapters in ANQ, Archivium Hibernicum, British Catholic History, English Literary Renaissance, Huntington Library Quarterly, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Renaissance and Reformation, Sixteenth Century Journal, Studies in Philology, and edited collections from Ashgate, Brill, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and University of Michigan Press.

She is the recipient of research grants from the US-UK Fulbright Commission, the American Association of University Women, the Renaissance Society of America, the Catholic Record Society, and the Moore Institute at NUI Galway.

Currently, she is finishing two book-length editions of texts by and about early modern English nuns. In collaboration with Laurence Lux-Sterritt, she is producing an edition of documents related to spiritual quarrels among the Brussels Benedictines during the 17th century. She is also editing the complete works of Catherine Magdalen Evelyn, an English Poor Clare who was both an accomplished poet and translator.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Early Modern English Literature (1500-1700)
  • Early Modern Women Writers
  • Early Modern Religion
  • History of the Book
  • Textual Criticism
  • Translation Studies
  • Classical Tradition in English
  • New Formalism


  • Ph.D., English, Boston College, 2008
  • B.A., Classics and English, Smith College, 2001

Awards and grants

  • 2019 Moore Institute Visiting Research Fellowship, National University of Ireland, Galway

    2018-2021 Wayne State, Learning Community Award

    2018 Wayne State, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Award

    2017, Wayne State Humanities Center, Marilyn Williamson Distinguished Faculty Fellowship

    2016-2017 PI, National Endowment for the Humanities, Teaching Shakespeare to Undergraduates

    2015-2016 Collaborator, National Endowment for the Humanities, First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare (PI: Ken Jackson)

    2015-2016 Wayne State, Research Enhancement Program

    2015-2016 Wayne State, Career Development Chair Award

    2015 Wayne State, Board of Governors Faculty Recognition Award for Faithful Translators

    2014-2015 Wayne State, Graduate Research Assistant Award

    2014 Wayne State, Humanities Center Faculty Fellowship

    2013-2014 Fulbright Scholar Award, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

    2012 Wayne State, President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

    2011 Wayne State, Josephine Nevins Keal Fellowship

    2010 Wayne State, University Research Grant

    2010 Wayne State, Humanities Center Faculty Fellowship

    2009 Sixteenth Century Society and Conference Literature Prize for “Thomas More and Margaret More Roper: A Case for Rethinking Women’s Participation in the Early Modern Public Sphere”

    2008 Boston College, Donald and Hélène White Dissertation Prize

    2007-2008 American Association of University Women, Dissertation Fellowship

    2007 Catholic Record Society, Andrew C. Duncan Catholic History Trust Grant

    2007 Renaissance Society of America, Research Grant

    2005 Boston College, Donald J. White Award for Teaching Excellence


Selected publications


Faithful Translators: Authorship, Gender, and Religion in Early Modern England. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2014.


"Translation and Genettean Hypertextuality: Catherine Magdalen Evelyn, Catherine of Bologna, and English Franciscan Textual Production, 1618-40," Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme 43.2 (2020): 235-61.

“A Newly-Discovered Female Neo-Latin Poet: An Analysis, Edition, and Translation of Agatha Wiseman’s Prosa on Benet of Canfield.” Studies in Philology 117.2 (2020): 397-437.

“The Antiquarian and the Abbess: Gender, Genre, and the Reception of Early Modern Historical Writing.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 50.1 (January 2020): 95-113.

Faustina Grealy and Jaime Goodrich, “New Light on Seventeenth-Century Translations of the Rule of St Clare: Part I.” Archivium Hibernicum 72 (2019): 7-49.

“‘Low and plain stile’: Poetry and Piety in English Benedictine Convents, 1600-1800.” British Catholic History 34.4 (2019): 599-618.

“Class, Humanism, and Neo-Latin Epitaphs in Early Modern England: The Funerary Inscriptions of Elizabeth Cooke Hoby Russell.” Sixteenth Century Journal 49.2 (Summer 2018): 339-68.

“A Poor Clare’s Legacy: Catherine Magdalen Evelyn and New Directions in Early Modern Women’s Literary History.” English Literary Renaissance 46.1 (Winter 2016): 3-28.

“Authority, Gender, and Monastic Piety: Controversies at the English Benedictine Convent in Brussels, 1620-1623.” British Catholic History 33.1 (May 2016): 91-114.

“Nuns and Community-Centered Writing: The Benedictine Rule and Brussels Statutes.” Huntington Library Quarterly 77.3 (Fall 2014): 287-303.

“Returning to Lady Lumley’s Schoolroom: Euripides, Isocrates, and the Paradox of Women’s Learning.” Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme 35.4 (Fall 2012): 97-117.

“Mary Tudor, Lord Morley, and St Thomas Aquinas: The Politics of Pious Translation at the Henrician Court.” ANQ 24.1-2 (Winter/Spring 2011): 11-20.

“The Dedicatory Preface to Mary Roper Clarke Basset’s Translation of Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History.” English Literary Renaissance 40.3 (Autumn 2010): 301-28.

“Thomas More and Margaret More Roper: A Case for Rethinking Women’s Participation in the Early Modern Public Sphere.” Sixteenth Century Journal 39.4 (Winter 2008): 1021-40.

Chapters in Books

“Common Libraries: Book Circulation and Identity in English Benedictine Convents, 1600-1700.” Women’s Bookscapes in Early Modern Britain: Ownership, Circulation, Reading. Eds Leah Knight, Elizabeth Sauer, and Micheline White. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2018. 153-170.

“Reconsidering the Woman Writer: The Identity Politics of Anne Cooke Bacon.” A History of  Early Modern Women Writers. Ed. Patricia Phillippy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. 46-65.

“Exiles Abroad.” The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern English Literature and Religion. Eds Andrew Hiscock and Helen Wilcox. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. 481-96.

“‘Attend to Me’: Julian of Norwich, Margaret Gascoigne, and Textual Circulation among the Cambrai Benedictines.” Early Modern English Catholicism: Identity, Memory and Counter-Reformation. Eds James E. Kelly and Susan Royal. Leiden: Brill, 2016. 105-21.

“Monastic Authorship, Protestant Poetry, and the Psalms Attributed to Dame Clementia Cary.” New Ways of Looking at Old Texts V: Papers of the Renaissance English Text Society. Ed. Michael Denbo. Tempe, AZ: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2014. 193-207.

“Translating Lady Mary Percy: Authorship and Authority among the Brussels Benedictines.” The English Convents in Exile, 1600-1800: Communities, Culture and Identity. Eds Caroline Bowden and James E. Kelly. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2013. 109-22.

“‘Ensigne-Bearers of Saint Clare’: Elizabeth Evelinge’s Translations and the Restoration of English Franciscanism.” English Women, Religion and Textual Production, 1500-1625. Ed. Micheline White. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2011. 83-100.

Currently teaching

  • ENG 2200, Shakespeare, 3 credits, Winter 2021


Courses taught

ENG 7003, Contemporary Literary Theory, 3 credits, Winter 2020

ENG 2200, Shakespeare, 3 credits, Fall 2019

ENG 5030, Topics in Women's Studies, 3 credits, Fall 2019

ENG 5150, Shakespeare, 3 credits, Winter 2019

ENG 2200, Shakespeare, 3 credits, Fall 2018

ENG 7015, Studies in Shakespeare, 3 credits, Fall 2018