Helen Luu

Helen Luu
Associate Professor
Massey 311
(613) 541-6000 x 6242
(613) 541-6405
Department of English

College Address

Royal Military College of Canada
PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston, Ontario, CANADA
K7K 7B4

Personal Bio

I completed my Master's and Ph.D. at Queen's University and my Bachelor's at the University of Lethbridge, in Alberta. Before RMC, I taught at Queen's University and Trent University, specializing in courses in Critical Theory and Victorian Literature. I am currently working on two book projects, one that re-theorizes the dramatic monologue, and one that re-assesses the 19th-century woman poet Felicia Hemans through various critical lenses.


Critical theory, especially deconstruction, French feminism, gender studies, and psychoanalysis; 19th-century women's poetry; genre theory.

Recent Publications

  • “The After-Lives of Felicia Hemans: Biographical Misconstructions.” In Biographical Misrepresentations of British Women Writers: A Hall of Mirrors and the Long Nineteenth Century, ed. Brenda Ayres. (Forthcoming from Palgrave-Macmillan)
  • “Freaks of Femininity: Webster’s Gallery of Female Grotesques in Portraits.” Victorian Poetry 55, no. 1, (Spring 2017): 85-103.
  • “A Matter of Life and Death: The Auditor-Function of the Dramatic Monologue.” Victorian Poetry 54, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 19-38.
  • "Fantasies of 'Woman': Hemans's Deconstruction of 'Femininity' in Records of Woman." Women's Writing 21.1 (Feb 2014): 41-51.
  • "The Difference Language 'Makes': Constructing and Reconciling Otherness through Linguistic Form in Things Fall Apart." In Blazing the Path: Fifty Years of Things Fall Apart, ed. Chima Anyadike and Kehinde A. Ayoola. Ibadan, Nigeria: Heinemann Educational Books, 2012. 241-66.

Select Conference Papers

  • “Speculum of the Other Woman: Augusta Webster’s Portraits, presented at Making a Scene, the 24th Annual British Women Writers Conference (BWWC), Athens, GA, 2-5 June 2016.
  • “From Gender to Sexuality: Hemans’s Queer Politics and Poetics,” presented at Romanticism & Rights, the 23rd Annual Conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR), Winnipeg, MB, 13-16 Aug 2015. 
  • “The Grotesque Ideals of Femininity: Felicia Hemans and Augusta Webster,” presented at Victorians in the World, presented at the Annual Conference of the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA), Honolulu, Hawaii, 9-12 July 2015.
  • "The Mirror Stage as Formative of the Function of the Dramatic-I in Augusta Webster's Dramatic Monologues," Reflections, the British Women Writers Conference, Binghamton University, NY, 19 June 2014.
  • "The One and the Many: Splitting and Proliferating Selves in Augusta Webster's Dramatic Monologues," British Association for Victorian Studies Conference hosted by Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, 31 August 2013.
  • "Revaluing Genre, Reconstructing the Dramatic Monologue," Re-assessing the Dramatic Monologue in the 19th and 20th Centuries, conference at the University of London, Royal Holloway, London, UK, 28 June 2012.
  • "Over His Dead Body: Mourning and Melancholia in Felicia Hemans's Records of Woman," Poetry and Melancholia, conference at the University of Stirling, Stirling, UK, 9 July 2011.
  • "Rewriting Feminist Desire: Augusta Webster's 'Circe' and 'Medea in Athens,'" Myth, Literature, and the Unconscious, conference at the University of Essex, Colchester, UK, 4 September 2010.

Courses Taught

  • ENE 100 and110 Introduction to Literary Studies and University Writing Skills
  • ENE 210 Reading the Contemporary World: 1900 to the Present
  • ENE 226 Foundations of Western Literature: Greek and Roman Classics and the Bible
  • ENE 228 Critical Approaches to Literature and Culture
  • ENE 421 Literary Theory I: Postcolonialism, Race, and Ethnicity
  • ENE 423 Literary Theory II: Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
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