Helena Feder

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Helena Feder is a Professor of Literature and Environment; she 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, the American Literature Association, and the Modern Language Association. Helena is particularly interested in working with students independently in any of the following areas: twentieth-century American literature, the environmental humanities, ecofeminism, American nature writing, poetics, science fiction, and critical theory.


  • B.A. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, summa cum laude
  • M.A. Boston College
  • Ph.D. University of California at Davis

Research Interests

  • Environmental Humanities, Public Humanities
  • American and Transatlantic Literature

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 7265: American Literature Seminar
  • ENGL 7080: Cultural Theory and Method
  • ENGL 7070: Critical Theory
  • ENGL 6340: Ethnic American Literature
  • ENGL 6270: Literature, Theory, and Environment
  • ENGL 6260: Twentieth-Century American Literature
  • ENGL 5125: The English Novel
  • ENGL 5060: Literary Theory And Criticism
  • ENGL 4540: Special Topics Seminar (Twentieth-Century Poetry)
  • ENGL 4370: Literature and Environment
  • ENGL 4300: Recent British and American Literature
  • ENGL 4200: Feminist Theory (WOST)
  • ENGL 4000: Literary Theory
  • ENGL 3660: Literature and Film of Environmental Crisis
  • ENGL 3410: Introduction to Poetry
  • ENGL 3330: Women in Literature
  • ENGL 3020: History of American Literature to 1900
  • ENGL 2200: Major American Authors
  • ENGL 2000: Interpreting Literature
  • ENGL 1000: Appreciating Literature
  • TEXT 4000: Seminar in Transformative Texts
  • TEXT 3001: Transformative Texts of (Modern) Science
  • TEXT 2600: Transformative Texts of the 19th and 20th Centuries (Great Books of Radical Thought)
  • TEXT 2500: Transformative Texts of the 17th and 18th Centuries
  • TEXT 2000: Introduction to Transformative T

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Close Reading the Anthropocene. Editor. Routledge, 2021.
    “It’s hard to imagine a better prescription for this fraught moment than: pay attention. The writers in this volume do just that, and thus help lay the groundwork for the only thing we need more than attention–action!” – Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out
  • You Are the River. Editor. North Carolina Museum of Art, 2021.
  • Ecocriticism and the Idea of Culture: Biology and the Bildungsroman. Routledge, 2014, 2016.

Special Journal Issues

  • Invited Guest Editor. Special Issue of Women’s Studies. 50.8 (2021).
  • Invited Guest Editor. Special Issue of Western American Literature. 52.3 (Fall 2017).
  • Invited Guest Editor. Special Double-Issue of Configurations. 18, 1-2. (Winter 2010).

Honors and Awards

  • Mellon/ACLS Scholars and Society Fellowship, 2019-2020
  • Advisory Board, Green Letters, Fall 2020—present
  • Keynote, Cultivating Sustainability. University of Cologne, October 2018
  • Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Research Award, ECU, 2015, 2018
  • Mentor/Integrity, Diversity, Responsibility, and Citizenship Award, ECU, Fall 2015
  • English Department Research and Creative Activity Award, ECU, Fall 2014
  • Integrity, Diversity, Responsibility, and Citizenship Award, ECU, Spring 2013
  • Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Research Award, ECU, Spring 2008