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English language educator

Nina Joan Auerbach, American English language educator. Ford Foundation research fellow, 1975-1976; fellow Radcliffe Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1975-1976; Guggenheim fellow, 1979-1980. Member Modern Language Association, College English Association, Northeast Victorian Society.


Auerbach, Nina Joan was born on May 24, 1943 in New York City.


Bachelor of Arts, University Wisconsin, 1964;Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1967;Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1970.


Her special area of concentration is nineteenth-century England. She has published, lectured, and reviewed widely in the fields of Victorian literature, theater, cultural history, and horror fiction and film. Auerbach received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1964.

She took graduate studies at Columbia University, receiving an M.A. She taught at Hunter College and California State University, Los Angeles before joining the University of Pennsylvania faculty in 1972. Her books include Our Vampires, Ourselves. Private Theatricals: The Lives of the Victorians.

Ellen Terry, Player in Her Time. Romantic Imprisonment: Women and Other Glorified Outcasts. Woman and the Demon: The Life of a Victorian Myth.

And Communities of Women: An Idea in Fiction (Harvard University Press). Her most recent book, Daphne du Maurier, Haunted Heiress (2000, ), inaugurates the University of Pennsylvania Press series, Personal Takes. Her current project is Lost Lives, a study of ghosts and their purposes.

She is the co-editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula, and many of her articles have appeared in Norton Critical Editions, most notably in the works of Jane Austen. Nina Auerbach has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Fellowship as well as the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.


  • In 2000, she received the annual Distinguished Scholarship Award from the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts.



Member Modern Language Association, College English Association, Northeast Victorian Society.