Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Theodora Goss

Popular Fiction
Theodora Goss

Office Location

Stonecoast MFA Office - 98 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04102

Phone

Stonecoast MFA Office: 207-780-4423

Academic Degrees

  • B.A. in English Literature, University of Virginia
  • M.A. in English Literature, Boston University
  • J.D. Harvard Law School
  • Ph.D. in English Literature, Boston University

Profile

Theodora Goss is the World Fantasy, Mythopoeic, and Locus Award-winning author of the short story and poetry collections In the Forest of Forgetting (2006), Songs for Ophelia (2014), and Snow White Learns Witchcraft (2019), as well as novella The Thorn and the Blossom (2012), debut novel The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (2017), and sequels European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (2018) and The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl (2019). She has been a finalist for the Nebula, Crawford, and Shirley Jackson Awards as well as on the Tiptree Award Honor List. Her work has been translated into fifteen languages. She teaches literature and writing at Boston University and in the Stonecoast MFA Program.

Areas of Expertise

 Popular Fiction

Areas of Scholarship

Fairy tales, the Gothic, Victorian fiction, the Fin-de-Siecle, and Fantasy

Recent Publications

Medusa's Daughters: Magic and Monstrosity from Women Writers of the Fin-de-Siècle (2020)

The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl (2019)

Snow White Learns Witchcraft: Stories and Poems (2019)

European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (2018)

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter (2017)

Songs for Ophelia (2014)

The Thorn and the Blossom (2021)

Voices from Fairyland: The Fantastical Poems of Mary Coleridge, Charlotte Mew, and Sylvia Townsend Warner (2008)

Interfictions, coedited with Delia Sherman (2007)

In the Forest of Forgetting (2006)

Presentations

"Sherlock Holmes and Victorian Anthropology," Baker Street Irregulars Annual Dinner, New York, New York, January 2020.

 "Broken Eggs and Bloody Keys: Bluebeard Motifs in the Fiction of Margaret Atwood," Margaret Atwood 80: Central European Interpretations, Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem and Eötvös Loránd Egyetem, Budapest, Hungary, November 2019.

 "'Between the paws of the tender wolf'": Women Writers of the Fantastic Rewriting the Fairytale Tradition," IV Congreso Internacional Visiones de lo Fantástico: “Las Creadoras y lo Fantástico,” Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, June 2019.

 "The Modern Monster: How Darwin and Freud Changed Our Idea of the Monstrous," presentation sponsored by Populáris Kultúra és Fantasztikum az Angol Nyelvű Országokban Kutatócsoport, Pázmány Péter Katolikus Egyetem, Budapest, Hungary, May 2019.

 "Rewild(e)ing the Fairies: Oscar Wilde's Transformation of the Victorian Fairy Tale," International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, Florida, March 2019.

 "Into the Dark Forest: Mapping the Fairy Tale Heroine's Journey." International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, Florida, March 2017.

 "Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Paper: Teaching Fairy Tales in the Composition Classroom." International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, Florida, March 2016.

 "Being Weird: How I Became a Writer, and How You Can Become . . . Well, Whatever You

Want to Be." Jim Lafayette Memorial Series of Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Otis Library, Norwich, Connecticut, August 2012.

 "Imperial Gothic: The Last of the Tasmanians and The Island of Doctor Moreau." Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Boston, Massachusetts, February 2009.

"Writing My Mother's Ghosts." "Reeling Beyond Realism, But to Reel in What?", panel sponsored by Omnidawn Publishing, Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference, New York, New York, January-February 2008.

"Voices from Fairyland: The Fantastical Poems of Mary Coleridge, Charlotte Mew, and Sylvia Townsend Warner." Fantasy Matters Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2007.

"The Mysteries of Mansfield Park: Jane Austen's Radcliffian Female Gothic." Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Boston, Massachusetts, March 2003.

"Revisiting the Fantastic: Tzvetan Todorov and The Turn of the Screw." International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, March 2002.

"Economies of Blood and Text: The Circulation of the Gift in Bram Stoker's Dracula." Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Santa Clara, California, November 2001. 

"The Female Artist as Hercules: Angelica Kauffman's Revisionary Aesthetics." "Beauty Then and Now," session sponsored by the Division on Restoration and Early-Eighteenth-Century English Literature, Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Washington D.C., December 2000.

"'At your bar am I willing to appear': The Language of the Law in Charles Brockden Brown's Wieland." "Frontiers of Charles Brockden Brown," conference sponsored by The Charles Brockden Brown Society, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 2000.

Creative Activity

I am currently researching and writing a novel about three generations of women in 20th century Hungary and America focusing on issues of immigration and identity, as well as intergenerational conflict and reconciliation. I'm particularly interested in how women create lives for themselves in the midst of political change and turmoil, and how we define ourselves as individuals within the context of family and culture.

Awards and Recognition

Winner, Mythopoeic Award, 2020, for Snow White Learns Witchcraft.

Finalist, Shirley Jackson Award, 2020, for "How to Become a Witch-Queen."

Finalist, Locus Award, 2020, for Snow White Learns Witchcraft and "A Country Called Winter."

Finalist, Rhysling Award, 2020, for "The Cinder Girl Burns Brightly."

Winner, Lord Ruthven Award, 2019, for European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman.

Finalist, Locus Award, 2019, for European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman and "Queen Lily."

Finalist, Audie Award, 2019, for European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (audiobook).

Winner, Locus Award, 2018, for The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter.

Finalist, World Fantasy Award, 2018, for The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter.

Finalist, Locus Award, 2018, for "Come See the Living Dryad."

Finalist, Nebula Award, 2018, for The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter.

Finalist, Audie Award, 2018, for The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter (audiobook).

Finalist, Compton Crook Award, 2018, for The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter.

Recipient, Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship, 2017.

Winner, Rhysling Award, 2017, for "Rose Child."

Finalist, Locus Award, 2017, for "Red as Blood and White as Bone."

Finalist, Seiun Award, 2016, for "Beautiful Boys" (Japanese).

Finalist, Mythopoeic Award, 2015, for Songs for Ophelia.

Finalist, Seiun Award, 2014, for "Christopher Raven" (Japanese).

Finalist, Locus Award, 2011, for "The Mad Scientist's Daughter."

Winner, World Fantasy Award, 2008, for "Singing of Mount Abora."

Finalist, Mythopoeic Award, 2008, for In the Forest of Forgetting.

Tiptree Award Honor List, 2008, for Interfictions.

Finalist, Crawford Award, 2007, for In the Forest of Forgetting.

Finalist, Nebula Award, 2007, for "Pip and the Fairies."

Finalist, World Fantasy Award, 2005, for "The Wings of Meister Wilhelm."

Winner, Rhysling Award, 2004, for "Octavia is Lost in the Hall of Masks."