Professor of English
Ph.D. English, University of Oregon
Certificate, Women’s Studies (English and History)
BA Honors College University of Puget Sound (English and French)
Anita Helle’s cross-disciplinary research interests lie in literacy and pedagogy, 20/21st century gender and cultural theory, medical humanities, and 20th/21st century American women writers. Her collection of essays on Sylvia Plath, The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2007. Her recent scholarship has appeared in Feminist Studies, College Communication and Composition, American Literary Scholarship, American Literature, The Oxford Handbook of the Elegy (ed. Karen Weisman), and the Norton Reader of Feminist Literary Criticism and Theory, ed. Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar. In 2010-11, she received the Meyerson Fellowship from the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center for her current project on literature, photography, and the changing shapes of literary authorship in the mid-20th century. She regularly teaches courses that align with her interests in archival/material research on American women writers, women and literature (Virginia Woolf), histories of reading and literacy, and literature and medicine. She is past recipient of a CLA Research Award (2008), the Burlington Northern OSU Teaching Award (1995), and the Hovland Service Award (2004).
“The Paratexts of Plath’s Journals,” Plath Profiles (2010) http://www.iun.edu/~nwadmin/plath/vol3_Supp/PlathProfilesVolume3_Supp.pdf
“When the Questions are On the Move” – Modernist Studies Special Session (2005)