Helen Luu

Helen Luu
Helen Luu
Assistant Professor
Massey 311
(613) 541-6000 x 6242
(613) 541-6405
Department of English
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; and genre theory.

Recent Publications and Conferences

  • "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.
  • "Fantasies of 'Woman': Hemans's Deconstruction of 'Femininity' in Records of Woman." Women's Writing 21.1 (Feb 2014): 41-51.
  • "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.
  • "The Difference Language 'Makes': Constructing and Reconciling Otherness through Linguistic Form" in Things Fall Apart." Blazing the Path: Fifty Years of Things Fall Apart. Ed. Chima Anyadike and Kehinde A. Ayoola. Ibadan, Nigeria: Heinemann Educational Books, 2012. 241-66.
  • "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.
  • "Mending Severed Threads: Augusta Webster and Felicia Hemans," British Women Writers Conference, University of Iowa, Iowa City, 4 April 2009.
  • Destabilizing 'Woman': Felicia Hemans and the dramatic monologue," BARS/NASSR combined conference, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, July 2007.

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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