Helena Feder joined the faculty in Fall 2006. She is a member of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, and the Modern Language Association. She is particularly interested in working with graduate students in any of the following areas: environmental humanities, literature and science, ecocriticism, feminist theory, critical race and gender studies, critical theory, and transatlantic twentieth-century literature.
B.A.University of Massachusetts at Amherst, summa cum laude
M.A. Boston College
Ph.D. University of California at Davis
Primary Areas of Research/Teaching
Ecocriticism and Critical Theory
Literature, Science, and Environment
Transatlantic Twentieth-Century Literature
ENGL 7365: Topics: Contemporary Jewish American Literature
ENGL 7265: American Literature Seminar
ENGL 6260: Twentieth-Century American Literature
ENGL 5125: The English Novel
ENGL 5060: Literary Theory And Criticism
ENGL 4540: Special Topics Seminar
ENGL 4370: Literature and Environment
ENGL 4200: Feminist Theory (WOST)
ENGL 3660: Literature and Film of Environmental Crisis
ENGL 3330: Women in Literature
ENGL 3020: History of American Literature to 1900
ENGL 2600: Great Books in the 19th and 20th Centuries: Revolution, Evoltion, mind, and "Man" (GRBK)
ENGL 2200: Major American Authors
ENGL 2000: Interpreting Literature
Ecocriticism and the Idea of Culture: Biology and the Bildungsroman. Ashgate Press [Forthcoming, 2013].
Special Double-issue of Configurations 18.1-2 (Winter 2010).
"Ecocriticism, Posthumanism, and the Biological Idea of Culture." Invited for: The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism. Ed. G. Garrard. Oxford University Press (Forthcoming 2013).
"Ecocriticism and Biology." Configurations 18.1-2 (Winter 2010).
"Rethinking Multiculturalism: Theory and Nonhuman Cultures." Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (2010) 17 (4): 775-777.
"'A blot upon the earth': Nature's 'Negative' and the Production of Monstrosity in Frankenstein." Journal of Ecocriticism 2.1 (January 2010).
"Biogenetic Intervention (Or 'gardening,' Shakespeare, and the future of ecological thought)." Green Letters 9 (2008): 33-47.
"The Critical Relevance of the Critique of Rationalism: Postmodernism, Ecofeminism, and Voltaire's Candide." Women's Studies 31 (2002): 199-219.
"Ecocriticism, New Historicism and Romantic Apostrophe." The Greening of Literary Scholarship. Ed. Steven Rosendale, Iowa City: Iowa UP, 2002. (Reprinted in paperback)
Graduate Literature Program