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.