You have reached the web home of S.C. Gooch.

I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Purdue University.

I am interested in the transnational study of the literature and science of empire. This includes both formal martial and political empire, and informal economic and cultural empire. Specifically I look at the interplay between political philosophy and science and the cultural receptions, influences, and impacts of this exchange, particularly in South American and British literature and history. My main focus is the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but occasionally my work leads further back or up to the current day.

My work addresses marginal spaces, diasporas, and borders in South America, Victorian and twentieth-century Britain, often through travel narratives, scientific texts, and fiction, and relies on concepts from the history of science, postcolonial theory, cultural anthropology, and tourism theory.

My other scholarly interests include comics and sequential art, theater, film, and digital humanities and culture, especially open content/access/source projects.

I’m also a founding member of the Purdue Sequential Art Narratives reading, discussion, and pedagogy collective.

I have taught World Literature for Purdue’s Comparative Literature program and worked as a tutor in Purdue’s Writing Lab. In addition, I have taught English 106 First-Year Composition under the auspices of the award winning Introductory Composition at Purdue program. They try to do some pretty cool stuff – you can check out the basics of what they try to teach students for yourself.
You can also check out the syllabuses of one of my World Literature courses, or my First-Year Composition classes (Fall 07, Spring 08, Fall 08, Spring 09, Fall 09, Spring 10, Summer 10, and Fall 10) and read about why and how I teach, if you’re so inclined.

I can be reached at sgooch [at] the university I mentioned I attend [dot] edu