• Profile:

    Frances Chiu (A.B. Smith College, Ph.D. Oxford University) has taught history and literature at The New School (NSPE 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:


    The Routledge Guidebook to Thomas Paine's Rights of Man (exp. publication date--July 2015)

    Critical biography of Mary Hays to appear in Scribner’s British Writers Supplement, XXIII. Chief Editor: Jay Parini. New York: Gale Cengage Learning.


    Scholarly Editions:

    Ann Radcliffe, Journey made in the Summer of 1794 (Broadview) (exp.  publication date--2015)


    Select publications:

    “’History repeats itself’: Rewriting the Union in J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s Checkmate,Le Fanu Studies, May 2010.


    “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.




    J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Rose and the Key (1871), Kansas City: Valancourt Books, November 2007. [Critical introduction to the novel, notes, and appendices. Reviewed in Le Fanu Studies in May 2008, Vol. 3 no. 1. See  .


    Ann Radcliffe, Gaston de Blondeville (1826), Chicago: Valancourt Books, April 2006. Reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement (June 1, 2007).



    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


    Select Popular Publications:



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



    “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 (Spring 2020)

    Women & Gothic Novel (Spring 2019)