Frances A. Chiu

When you study populist politics and the rise of horror in 18th/19th-century Britain and Ireland, you can't help but identify with the 99%: even if your doctorate in English literature just happens to be granted by the venerable, 1000-year-old Oxford University. Much of my scholarship and teaching is focused on the writings of Jeremy Bentham, William Godwin, James Murray, Thomas Paine, Ann Radcliffe, Granville Sharp, Mary Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and a host of other familiar and not-so-familiar names. My published work includes the first modern scholarly editions of Ann Radcliffe's posthumous GASTON DE BLONDEVILLE and J. Sheridan Le Fanu's ROSE AND THE KEY, as well as articles in 18th-century Life ("From Nobodaddies to Noble Daddies"), Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net ("Dark and Dangerous Designs"; "Faulty Towers"), and Le Fanu Studies ("History repeats Itself"). My courses at The New School (NYC) include The Rise of the Gothic novel, 19th century horror, Women and the Gothic Novel, The Age of Paine, and the Origins of Popular Democracy. In 2011, I was nominated for a Distinguished University Teaching Award.

Fortunately for me, my leisure activities coincide with my scholarly interests: I enjoy watching horror--good horror that is, such as Kubrick's SHINING, Medak's CHANGELING, and more recently, Murphy's and Falchuk's AMERICAN HORROR STORY. I also serve on the board of directors of Thomas Paine Friends, Inc., which promotes knowledge of the works and accomplishments of this overlooked founding father.

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