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; 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 (forthcoming Spring 2017).

  • “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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