David Goodman Papers, 1964-2012
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Brief Description:

David Goodman (1946-2011) was a professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature in the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and director of the Illinois-Japan Performing Arts Network at the University of Illinois. He was internationally recognized for his research on modern Japanese theater, literature, and poetry, as well as his work on antisemitism in modern Japan. Professor Goodman published numerous books, articles, and translations, including Jews in the Japanese Mind: The History and Uses of a Cultural Stereotype (1995) and Angura: Posters of the Japanese Avant-Garde (1999).

The papers of David Goodman consist of correspondence, writings, research files, conference papers, teaching materials, VHS tapes, interviews, photographs, lectures, translations, drafts, and publications. Also included are several Japanese theatre posters, which Professor Goodman collected during his numerous trips to Japan.

This collection is organized into seven series. Series 1: Personal, 1964-2012, organized alphabetically; Series 2: Research Files, 1967-2011, listed alphabetically; Series 3: Course Materials, 1981-2009, arranged by course number and chronologically therein; Series 4: Drafts, 1969-2010, organized chronologically; Series 5: Publications, 1968-2012, listed chronologically; Series 6: Photographs, arranged chronologically; and Series 7: Theatre Posters, 1969-1999, organized alphabetically.

Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at] illinois.edu
Record Series Number: 15/29/20
Created by: Goodman, David (1946-2011)
Volume: 20.0 cubic feet
Acquired: 12/18/2013.
More information is available at http://archives.library.illinois.edu/uasfa/1529020.pdf (pdf)
Arrangement:

Series 1: Personal, 1964-2012

This series consists of Professor Goodman's CV as well as correspondence, academic records, photographs, and other materials related to the personal life of David Goodman. This series also contains Professor Goodman's letters and reflective essays written during his first trip to Okayama and Hiroshima, Japan, in the mid-1960s. This series is organized alphabetically.

Series 2: Research Files, 1967-2011

This series contains correspondence, slides, notes, grant applications, conference papers, lectures, newspaper clippings, and translations. Also included are research files and interview transcripts for Goodman's unpublished manuscript, Voices and Faces of Israel. Finally, this series contains published and unpublished interviews of David Goodman in both English and Japanese. This series is arranged alphabetically.

Series 3: Course Materials, 1981-2009

This series includes David Goodman's teaching materials, handouts, lecture notes, and assignments for Asian Studies, Japanese, and East Asian Languages and Cultures courses at the University of Illinois. This series is arranged first alphabetically by course number and chronologically therein.

Series 4: Drafts, 1969-2010

This series contains drafts of unpublished manuscripts and articles by David Goodman. Many drafts are handwritten in Japanese. Drafts are listed chronologically.

Series 5: Publications, 1968-2012

This series contains books, articles, reviews and published translations authored by David Goodman, organized chronologically.

Series 6: Photographs, 1966-2004

This series contains photographs, most of them taken by David Goodman during his numerous trips to Japan. This series is organized chronologically.

Series 7: Theatre Posters, 1969-1999

This series consists of Japanese theatre posters collected by David Goodman. This series is organized alphabetically.

Biographical Note for Goodman, David (1946-2011) :

David G. Goodman (1946-2011) was a professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature in the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the director of the Illinois-Japan Performing Arts Network (IJPAN) at the University of Illinois.  He was internationally recognized for his research on modern Japanese theater, literature, and poetry, as well as his work on antisemitism in modern Japan.  Professor Goodman published numerous books, articles, and translations, including Jews in the Japanese Mind: The History and Uses of a Cultural Stereotype (1995) and Angura: Posters of the Japanese Avant-Garde (1999).

David Goodman was born on February 12, 1946, in Racine, Wisconsin, to Rita and Arnold Goodman.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1969.  During his sophomore year, Goodman was one of eleven students who participated in Yale's 5 Year BA, a study abroad program that sent him to Japan for one year.  Upon his return, Goodman served as a founding editor of the journal-magazine Concerned Theatre Japan, which ran from 1969-1973.  He completed his master's (1980) and Ph.D. (1982) degrees at Cornell University.

Professor Goodman taught at the University of Kansas as a visiting assistant professor from 1981-1982.  In 1982, he became assistant professor a the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was promoted to full professor in 1990.  Professor Goodman was a prolific author who wrote numerous books, articles, book chapters on antisemitism in Japan, modern Japanese theatre, Japanese poetry, and Japanese cultural arts.  Goodman also served as the director of IJPAN, which organized exchanges of international performing arts on campus.

David Goodman was married to Kazuko F. Goodman.  They had two children, Yael and Kai.  Professor Goodman died on July 25, 2011, at the age of 65.

Subject Index
Anti-Semitism
Asian Studies
Drama
Faculty Papers
Music -- Japan
Acquisition Notes: Kazuko Goodman