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Eric Daffron

Professor of Literature

Year Joined RCNJ: 2010

Contact Information

  • Phone: 201-684-7835
  • Email:
  • Office: B-138
  • Office Hours: T 3:25-6:05; R 3:25-3:45; Also by appointment


  • B.A., University of Alabama
  • M.A., SUNY-Buffalo
  • Ph.D., SUNY-Buffalo

Teaching Interests:

  • Gothic Literature
  • Literary Theory
  • English Grammar

Research Interests:

  • Gothic Literature
  • Michel Foucault and Roland Barthes
  • Issues concerning sexuality and the body
  • Autotheory and Experimental Life-Writing

Scholarly Activities:

  • “The Pianist’s Fingers: Fragments of Desire.” Synthesis: An Anglophone Journal of Comparative Literary Studies, special issue on Dissident Self-Narratives: Radical and Queer Life Writing, no. 14, 2021, forthcoming.
  • “Re-mantling the Face: The Facial Politics of WWI-Era Portrait Masks.” Body Studies Journal, vol. 3, no. 1, 2021, pp. 30-41.  
  • “Handle with Care: The Biopolitics of Coronavirus-Prevention Guidelines.” Angles: New Perspectives on the Anglophone World, vol. 12, 2021, DOI:
  • “Manhandling the Body: A Foucauldian Approach.” From the Introduction to The Body in Theory: Essays after Lacan and Foucault, edited by Becky McLaughlin and Eric Daffron, McFarland and Co., Inc., Publishers, 2021, pp. 12-18.
  • “Transatlantic Terror: James Hammond’s Circulating Library and the Minerva Press Gothic Novel.” Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840, vol. 23, Summer 2020,
  • “Taking a Sagittal View: Reflecting on My Academic Career.” Specialists: Passions and Careers, edited by Cristina Artenie and Danielle Joy Davis, Universitas Press, 2017.
  • Far from Heaven: Three Lessons in Lacanian Desire.” POMPA, 2005, pp. 66-71.
  • “The Resistant Gap: Foucault, Lacan, and Resistance.” POMPA, 2003, pp. 34-40.
  • Romantic Doubles: Sex and Sympathy in British Gothic Literature, 1790-1830. AMS P, 2002.
  • “Double Trouble: The Self, the Social Order, and the Trouble with Sympathy in the Romantic and Post-modern Gothic.” Gothic Studies, vol. 3, no. 1, 2001, pp. 75-83.
  • “Child’s Play: A Short Publication and Critical History of Jane Austen’s Juvenilia.” A Companion to Jane Austen Studies, edited by Laura Cooner Lambdin and Robert Thomas Lambdin, Greenwood Press, 2000, pp. 191-97.
  • “(Dis)Orienting the Self: The Figure of the White European Man in Byron’s Oriental Tales and Travels.” Mapping Masculinities in Nineteenth-Century England, edited by William Brewer and Jay Losey, Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 1999, pp. 69-90.
  • “Male Bonding: Sympathy and Shelley’s Frankenstein.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts, vol. 21, 1999, pp. 413-33.
  • “‘Magnetical Sympathy’: Strategies of Power and Resistance in Godwin’s Caleb Williams.” Criticism, vol. 37, 1995, pp. 213-32.
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