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Dr Susan Chaplin

About Dr Susan Chaplin

Sue is a senior lecturer in Romanticism with a particular interest in Gothic literature from the Romantic period to the present day.

Sue has a first degree in law and worked as a solicitor before studying for an MA and PhD in English. She has a strong interest in the historical, cultural and theoretical interface between literature and law and has published widely in the interdisciplinary field of Critical Legal Studies.

Her PhD thesis was entitled 'Law, Sensibility and the Sublime in Eighteenth-Century Fiction' and was published by Ashgate in 2004. Since then, Sue has expanded her interest in Gothic literature, publishing The Gothic and the Rule of Law with Palgrave in 2007 and Gothic Literature: Concepts, Texts, Contexts in 2011. She is also co-author of The Romanticism Handbook published with Continuum in 2011.

Current Teaching

Sue teaches modules on: Romanticism; eighteenth-century fiction; Gothic Literature, 1764-1900 and Contemporary Gothic.

Research Interests

Her current project is a monograph that considers the postmillennial Gothic in terms of such concepts as sacrifice, simulation, capital, power and apocalypse. A section of this work has already been published by the Journal of Horror Studies and is entitled "From Blood Bonds to Brand Loyalties: Poppy Z. Brite's Lost Souls and Alan Ball's True Blood".

Selected Publications

Journal articles (8)

Books (4)

  • Chaplin S (2011) Gothic Literature (York Notes Companions). York Notes Companions Longman Pub Group.
  • Chaplin S; Faflak J (2011) The Romanticism Handbook. Continuum International Publishing Group.
  • Chaplin S (2007) Gothic and the Rule of the Law, 1764-1820. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Chaplin S (2004) Law, Sensibility and the Sublime in Eighteenth-Century Women's Fiction. Ashgate Pub Limited.

Chapters (6)

  • Chaplin S (2010) Theorising Romanticism. In: Higgins D; Ruston S Teaching Romanticism. : Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 146-160.
  • Chaplin S (2008) The Scene of a Crime: Fictions of Authority in Walpole's "Gothic Shakespeare". In: Drakakis J; Townshend D Gothic Shakespeares. : Routledge, pp. .
  • Chaplin S (2008) The Scene of a Crime: Fictions of Authority in Walpole's Gothic Shakespeare. In: Townsend D; Drakakis J Gothic Shakespeare. London: Taylor & Francis, pp. 98-110.
  • Chaplin S (2002) Speaking of Dread: Silence and the Sublime in Eliza Fenwick's Secresy, of The Ruin on the Rock. In: Price FL; Masson S Silence, sublimity, and suppression in the Romantic period. : Edwin Mellen Pr, pp. .
  • Chaplin S (2000) Memory, Imagination and the (M)Other: An Irigarayan Reading of Charlotte Brontë's Villette. In: Keane A; Horner A Body matters: Feminism, Textuality, Corporeality. : Manchester University Press, pp. .
  • Chaplin S (1999) Terror, Transcendence and Control in Charlotte Dacre's Zofloya, or The Moor. In: Ruston S The influence and anxiety of the British romantics: spectres of romanticism. : Edwin Mellen Press, pp. .
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