Originally from Sun Valley, ID, Shane Herron grew up in Albuquerque, NM. He received his BA at New York University and his PhD from SUNY Buffalo. An early interest in philosophical and psychoanalytic theories of humor, Dr. Herron edited an issue of the Lacanian journal Umbr(a) while at Buffalo led him to the satire-rich literature of the eighteenth-century, and to a position teaching that subject here at Furman. His current book project, a portion of which recently appeared in Studies in English Literature, continues to draw inspiration from psychoanalysis. The work in progress follows Freud in arguing that while satire may appear to attack or denigrate, the unconscious desire behind satire is actually to overcome critical resistance to play, pleasure, and experimentation to eliminate the guilt from guilty pleasures. Using this framework, Dr. Herron argues that many early novels employ this pleasure-creating aspect of satiric irony, and thus that the seemingly conservative practice actually helped power this apparently most progressive-minded of early modern forms. Buried in there somewhere is another idea about the progressive nature of eighteenth-century conservatism, which may or may not serve as a future project (if you think you can spot it in there, please let him know where). Finally, Dr. Herron is perpetually at work on some iteration of a plan for implementing workable socialism. If you give him the opportunity, he may just tell you about it.