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Helena Feder
Associate Professor of Literature and Environment

Office: Erwin 222
Phone: 252-328-6678


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. Helena is the Director of the Great Books Program ( and the "American in Paris" graduate study abroad program. She is particularly interested in working with students in any of the following areas: environmental humanities, literature and science, ecocriticism, feminist 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  

Courses Taught
GRBK 2500: Great Books of the 17th & 18th Centuries: Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment
GRBK 2600: Great Books in the 19th and 20th Centuries: Revolution, Evolution, mind, and "Man"

ENGL 2000 Interpreting Literature
ENGL 2200: Major American Authors
ENGL 3020: History of American Literature to 1900
ENGL 3330: Women in Literature
ENGL 3410: Introduction to Poetry
ENGL 3660: Literature and Film of Environmental Crisis
ENGL 4200: Feminist Theory (WOST)
ENGL 4370: Literature and Environment
ENGL 4540: Special Topics Seminar

ENGL 5060: Literary Theory and Criticism
ENGL 5125: The English Novel
ENGL 6260: Twentieth-Century American Literature
ENGL 6270: Literature and Environment
ENGL 6345: Jewish American Literature and Film
ENGL 7265: American Literature Seminar
ENGL 7365: Topics: Contemporary Jewish American Literature

Selected Publications

Ecocriticism and the Idea of Culture: Biology and the Bildungsroman. Ashgate, Press 2014.

Edited Collections
Special Double-issue of Configurations 18.1-2 (Winter 2010).


"Ecocriticism, Posthumanism, and the Biological Idea of Culture." Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism. Ed. Greg Garrard. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2014. Print.

"Changing Nature: Stacy Alaimo and Cary Wolfe at ASLE," Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Vol 21, No 4, December 2014. Print. 

"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)

Website Links
Graduate Literature Program