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Dr. Helen Bittel

Associate Professor


School of the Humanities

570-348-6211 x2237

Liberal Arts Center 215G

Courses taught:

Studies in Literature and Writing ENGL-170
Children's Literature ENGL-339
Young Adult Literature ENGL-339A
Early Modern British Women Writers ENGL-360A
Victorian Writers ENGL-362
British Literature II ENGL-364
The Nineteenth Century British Novel ENGL-369
Internship ENGL-451
Helen Bittel earned degrees in English from Rutgers University (BA) and the University of Rochester (MA and Ph.D.). Her research interests include British Victorian literature (especially late-Victorian popular fiction), contemporary children's and young adult literature, and post-secondary pedagogy. She frequently presents work at the Children's Literature Association annual conference and has held several leadership roles with that organization.

Dr. Bittel has worked at Marywood for over 20 years and is a past Chair of English. She currently splits her time between the English program and the Center for Transformational Teaching and Learning (CTTL), where she is the founding director.

She teaches courses in both literature and writing, including Feminist Writing and Rhetoric, Social Justice Writing and Rhetoric, Introduction to Literary and Writing Studies, Children's Literature, Young Adult Literature, The Nineteenth-Century British Novel, British Victorian Writers, and Victorian Women Writers.

Presentations and Publications

"Free-Ranging Childhood and Saving the Earth in the Marty McGuire and Ivy + Bean Early Reader Series"
[PLease link out to https://www.routledge.com/The-Early-Reader-in-Childrens-Literature-and-Culture-Theorizing-Books/Miskec-Wannamaker/p/book/9781138547636]

"From Basketball to Barney: Teen Fatherhood, Didacticism, and the Literary in YA Fiction"
[please link out to https://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/ALAN/v36n2/bittel.html]

"Required Reading for 'Revolting Daughters'?: The New Girl Fiction of L.T. Meade"
[ please link out to https://www.ncgsjournal.com/issue22/PDFs/bittel.pdf]