Karen Renner, PhD

Karen Renner Lecturer
Northern Arizona University
American Literature
Blg 18 Rm #331
Phone: 928-523-6012
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Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2010

Karen Renner's research interests include 19th- and 20th-century American literature and film (especially horror and gothic texts), popular culture, and fiction and non-fiction writing. Her edited collection The ‘Evil Child’ in Literature, Film and Popular Culture was published by Routledge in 2012, and she is currently working on her own book on the same subject tentatively titled Bad Seeds and Injured Innocents: Evil Children in the Contemporary Imagination as well as revising her dissertation Perverse Subjects: Drunks, Gamblers, Prostitutes, and Murderers in Antebellum America. Other recent articles include “The Apocalypse Begins at Home: The Antichrist-as-Child Film,” “Negotiations of Masculinity in American Ghost Hunting Reality Television,” “The Appeal of the Apocalypse,” and “Hawthorne’s Pearl: The Origins of Good and Evil in The Scarlet Letter.” To learn more, please visit her website/blog www.allotherprioritiesrescinded.wordpress.com.