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Paula Backscheider, Philpott-Stevens Eminent Scholar in the Department of English, was recently interviewed by the BBC for a documentary on the far-reaching influence of author Daniel Defoe. Defoe was most famous for his novel “Robinson Crusoe” and is noted for being one of the early founders of the English novel. Backscheider was among an elite group of writers, biographers, critics and cartoonists that provided insight into Defoe and his life. The interview will be available on the BBC website for the next 30 days. Backscheider specializes in Restoration and eighteenth-century literature, feminist criticism and cultural studies. Among her many awards are the SGA Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member award and the Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award. Her book “Daniel Defoe: His Life” won the British Council Prize.