Thyrza Nichols Goodeve

Critic, writer

Professional experience include:
Research associate, Whitney Museum of American Art

Books And Anthologies include:
How Like A Leaf; Ellen Gallagher, A Painter in III Acts; Peter Halley; Louise Bourgeois; The Monster’s Progress: The Art of James Barsness

Publications include:
Artforum, Parkett, Art in America, The Village Voice, Guggenheim magazine


Ecstasy and Apocalypse

In this course, we will study selected science-fiction utopias and dystopias in popular culture, literature, cinema and theoretical writing from the 19th century to the present. We will begin with the question, “Why is science fiction our political theory?” in order to use the genre to analyze relations of power and control; capitalism and the media; ethics and freedom; definitions of human, gender and race in an increasingly bioengineered world. Among the texts will be Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, George Orwell’s 1984, Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, as well as essays by Donna Haraway, Tom Moylan, H. G. Wells, Frederic Jameson, Scott Bukatman, Allucquére Rosanne Stone, Samuel Delany and Jean Baudrillard. Students will have the choice of writing a seminar paper or creating a piece of serious critical work in another medium for their final project.


  • BA, Sarah Lawrence College; MA, New York University; PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz