Kenyon welcomes Rebecca Connor, author, filmmaker and assistant professor of English at the City University of New York Hunter College., where she teaches 18th century literature, art and material culture, the Gothic, and film studies. She is the author of "Keeping Books: Women and Accounting in the 18th Century" (Routledge, 2009). Like her scholarly work, her screenplays explore issues ranging from problematic marriage-plots to representations of female agency and autonomy; from erotic codings of the female body to depictions of utopian female communities; as well as Gothic tropes and motifs such as non-normative gender identities, suppressed and transgressive desire, spatial and geographic desuetude and decay, and such manifestations of Freud’s "Uncanny" as the doppelganger.
Connor’s film "The Noel Diary," co-written with Charles Shyer ("Parent Trap;" "Private Benjamin"), will be released by Netflix in November, and her romantic comedy "Paris At Last" is in active development with Wild Bunch Productions. Her current projects include a six-part television series about a group of 18th-century women writers, a supernatural psycho-sexual horror film and a screen-adaptation of a New York Times bestselling novel.
Connor holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America.