Associate Professor of English
Ph.D., University of Rochester
M.A., University of Rochester
B.A., Rutgers University
Dr. Helen Bittel joined the Marywood faculty as Assistant Professor of English in 2002. A native of northern New Jersey, she attended Rutgers University as a Presidential Scholar, graduating with a B.A. in English. She then began graduate studies at the University of Rochester, where she earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English along with a graduate certificate in Women's Studies. While completing her degrees, she taught courses in three divisions of the University: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Eastman School of Music, and the William E. Simon Graduate Business School. After graduation, she spent two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Oswego.
As a researcher, Dr. Bittel's interests bring together Victorian studies, women's studies, cultural studies, and childhood studies. She is currently preparing manuscripts based on her doctoral dissertation. That project, titled New Women, New Girls: Reading and Writing Fin de Siècle Feminisms, focuses on two understudied strains of late nineteenth-century British popular fiction. It explores the surprising continuities between the political fiction associated with the New Woman (and assumed to be both serious and feminist) and the emergent genre of girls' mass fiction, usually assumed to be both light in content and conservative in its gender politics; it also considers what authors working in both genres have to say about the relation between literature and social reform.
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