Aviva Briefel is professor of English and cinema studies at Bowdoin College. She is the author of The Deceivers: Art Forgery and Identity in the Nineteenth Century (Cornell University Press, 2006) and coeditor of Horror after 9/11: World of Fear, Cinema of Terror (University of Texas Press, 2011). Her most recent book, The Racial Hand in the Victorian Imagination, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. At Bowdoin, she teaches courses on Victorian literature and culture, the horror film, and film adaptation.

Briefel delivered the Sept. 18 Common Hour at Bowdoin.