January 2021

New book by program director Franz Potter:

book cover, Gothic Chapbooks, Bluebooks and Shilling Shockers, 1797–1830

Gothic Chapbooks, Bluebooks and Shilling Shockers, 1797–1830


September 2020

Franz Potter recently gave a live lecture for the website Romancing the Gothic. A recording of the lecture is available on YouTube:


May 2020

Rhetoric Specialization newsletter: spring-2020-newsletter (pdf)


March 2017

Gothic Specialization student Ash Darrow and Professor Franz Potter will be presenting papers at the International Gothic Association Conference this July in Cholula Mexico. Darrow’s paper is titled The Video Game as the Reaffirmation of the Gothic Tradition and Potter’s paper is The Horror of ‘Disposable Rubbish’: The Rise of the Gothic Chapbook.

October 2016

Professor Franz Potter appeared on CW6 in San Diego. You can see his interview here: Celebrating the Gothic on Halloween

Professor Franz Potter was interviewed about the Gothic, creepy clowns, and what scares us. You can see the video here:

May 2016

California Teacher of the Year and 2016 Riverside County Teacher of the Year:

Brian Harris (MA English, National University, 2006)