Michael John Goodman received his PhD in English Literature form Cardiff University in 2017. His thesis, ‘Illustrating Shakespeare: Practice, Theory and the Digital Humanities’ explored how digital technology can be used to make sense of historical (specifically Victorian) illustrations of Shakespeare’s plays. The project saw the launch of the Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive, an online open access resource that contains over 3000 illustrations taken from Victorian editions of Shakespeare’s plays.

In January 2017, Digital Arts Magazine named the archive as one of the top nine on the web for free historical images and Michael has also worked with the BBC to create a short video about the project for social media. Open Culture, Lit Hub, and Fine Books Magazine, amongst others, have also written about the project. You can learn more about the archive in an interview Michael did with the arts and culture websites, Hyperallergic and My Modern Met. The Archive has also been used in secondary schools at Key Stage 4 to teach Romeo and Juliet to GCSE students.

A founding member of Forms of Innovation (an AHRC-funded collaborative project that investigated the interplay between technology and literature), Michael also designed the website Women in Trousers: A Visual Archive, and is on the advisory board of the Wellcome Trust-funded ‘Science Humanities’ initiative at Cardiff University. He was the Research Associate on Cardiff University’s Digital Cultures Network and the GW4 Remediating the Archive Project Fellow. Michael has written for The Conversation, the Education section in the Western Mail newspaper and has appeared on the BBC Radio Wales Arts Show talking about Shakespeare and national identity. Michael has peer reviewed for the journals the History of Education and Publishing History and written reviews for various other journals. He is currently writing his first monograph, Shakespeare in Bits and Bytes, for Emblem Books, which will explore how the digital can help students and the general public engage meaningfully with the humanities.

Alongside his PhD, Michael also holds a BA (Hons) in Drama from the University of Manchester and an MA in English Literature from Cardiff University.