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  • Frances Chiu

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    Frances Chiu


    Frances Chiu (A.B. Smith College, Ph.D. Oxford University) has taught history and literature at The New School (SPE and Eugene Lang) since 2002. Her courses include The Age of Paine (arguably the first course in the US to focus on Paine), Women and the Gothic Novel, Introduction to Literary Studies, Demons, Doppelgangers, and the Living Dead, and Ranters, Levellers, and Luddites. In 2009, she organized a colloquium, "A New Era for Politics: Thomas Paine and the Rise of Modern Liberalism." In 2011, she was nominated for a Distinguished University Teaching Award.

    Recent Publications


    Reading the Gothic: Matthew Lewis’ The Monk. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. Forthcoming, 2022.

    The Routledge Guidebook to Paine's Rights of Man. Oxford, UK: Routledge, 2020.

    Scholarly Editions:

    J. Sheridan Le Fanu, The Rose and the Key (1871), Kansas City: Valancourt Books, 2007. Critical introduction to the novel, notes, and appendices. 

    Ann Radcliffe, Gaston de Blondeville (1826), Chicago: Valancourt Books, 2006. Critical introduction to the novel, notes, and appendices. Reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement (June 1, 2007).

    Ann Radcliffe, Journey Made in the Summer of 1794, Peterborough, Canada: Broadview. Forthcoming, 2021.

    Select peer-reviewed publications:

    Critical introduction to Mary Hays in Scribner’s British Writers Supplement,  XXIII  XXIII. Chief Editor: Jay Parini. New York: Gale Cengage Learning, 139-59.

    “Faulty Towers: Reform, Radicalism and the Gothic Castle, 1760-1800,” Romanticism on the Net 44, December 2006

    “From Nobodaddies to Noble Daddies: Writing Political and Paternal Authority in Fiction of the 1780s and ‘90s” in Eighteenth-century Life, Spring 2002. Pp. 1-22.


    Review of Gary Crawford, ed. Reflections in a Glass Darkly: Essays on J. Sheridan Le Fanu in Gothic Studies, November 2013, pp. 108-110. 

    Review of Helen Braithwaite’s Romanticism, Publishing, and Dissent: Joseph Johnson and the Cause of Liberty in Romanticism on the Net 40, November 2005

    Scholarly services:

    Advisory editor for Anthem Press Gothic Studies

    Advisory and developing editor for Manchester University Press, Reading the Gothic series.

    Select Popular Publications:

    “Happy 158th! Revisiting the Socialism of Oscar Wilde” (October 24, 2012)

    “Thomas Paine’s Radicalism, and Ours: Rights of Man for the 21st century” (February 4, 2020)

    “Who’s afraid of the French Revolution," (July 13, 2012)

    Research Interests

    Enlightenment, 18th- and 19th-century British radicalism, Irish nationalism, history of the novel, Gothic novel, 18th-21st-century horror, travel literature

    Current Courses

    Politics of Horror

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