Andretta, Helen

Curriculum Vitae
Adj Professor
Professor Emerita
English

Phone: 718-262-2346
Office Location: AC-2A10
handretta@york.cuny.edu
http://www.york.cuny.edu/~andretta/

Education

Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  The Graduate Center CUNY  English  5/1993 
MPhil  The Graduate Center CUNY  English  6/1991 
MA  Queens College CUNY  English  6/1987 
BA  Hofstra University  English, French Minor  12/1985 
AA  Nassau Community College SUNY  General Liberal Arts  12/1983 
Dr. Helen R. Andretta is Professor Emeritus in the English Department. She has taught courses in language and in literature of the ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and Restoration and Eighteenth century periods and inclusive of senior seminars and honors studies in English. Professor Andretta's interest in medieval studies is reflected in her monograph, Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde: A Poet's Response to Ockhamism (Studies in the Humanities, Vol. 29, New York: Peter Lang, 1997). Her article on Flannery O'Connor is "The Hylomorphic Sacramentalism of 'Parker's Back'" in a collection by O'Connor scholars, Inside the Church of Flannery O'Connor: Sacrament, Sacramental, and the Sacred in Her Fiction, ed. Joanne Halleran McMullen and Jon Parrish Peede (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2007), 41-63. She has presented cross-disciplinary approach papers in regional, national, and international conferences, resulting in numerous publications.

Areas of Expertise

Anglo-Saxon (Old English) Language and Literature
Middle English Language and Literature (especially Chaucer)
Renaissance Literature (especially Shakespeare)
Flannery O’Connor Studies

Books in Field Of Expertise

Andretta Helen R. Ed. Joanne Halleran McMullen and Jon Parrish Peede. “The Hylomorphic Sacramentalism of ‘Parker’s Back.'” In Inside the Church of Flannery O'Connor: Sacrament, Sacramental, and the Sacred in Her Fiction. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2007. 41-63.

Andretta Helen Ruth. Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde: A Poet’s Response to Ockhamism. Studies in the Humanities: Literature –Politics-Society 29. New York: Peter Lang, 1997. .

Articles in Field Of Expertise

Andretta Helen R. "Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of Global Economy." Academic Affairs Update, York College, Jamaica, NY. III March 2009: 5.

Andretta Helen R. "The 'Salt' of Peace. In Making Peace in Our Time." Proceedings of the Northeast Regional Conference on Christianity & Literature, October 26-28, 2007. Ed. Joan F. Hallisey and Mary-Anne Vetterling. Weston, MA: Peace Press at Regis College. 2008: 1-9.

Andretta Helen R. "The Mystery of Redemption in Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood." Proceedings of the Northeast Region Annual Meeting Conference on Christianity & Literature: The Redemptive Act:Sin and Atonement in Literature. Friday, October 15 and Saturday, October 16, 2004. Ed. Marc Ricciardi. St. Joseph’s College, Patchogue, NY. 2006: 73-85.

Andretta Helen R. "A Medievalist's View of Chaucer and Flannery O'Connor, Part II." Pro Ecclesia. 37.2 2006: 12-13.

Andretta Helen R. "A Medievalist's View of Chaucer and Flannery O'Connor, Part I." Pro Ecclesia. 37.1 2006: 13-14.

Andretta Helen R. "Christ ‘Figures’ in Flannery O’Connor’s Fiction." Proceedings of the Northeast Region Annual Meeting Conference on Christianity & Literature: Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: The Christ-figure in Text and Interpretation. October 22, 2005. Ed. Brigid Brady, O.P. and Patricia Verrone. Caldwell, NJ: Caldwell College. 2005: 58-61.

Andretta Helen R.. "Flannery O’Connor’s Hylomorphic View of Humanity." Ultimate Reality and Meaning: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Philosophy of Understanding. 28.2 June 2005: 109-26.

Andretta Helen R. "Flannery O’Connor and Tarwater--A Coming of Age." Proceedings of the 2003 Northeast Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature. Ed. Anthony Giffone and Marlene San Miguel Groner. Farmingdale, New York: Farmingdale State University of New York. 2004: 75-78.

Andretta Helen R. "Ovid’s Influence on Chaucer’s Book of the Duchess." 2002 Christianity and Literature Proceedings of the Northeast Region Conference: Voices far and near: Myth, legend, folktale, fantasy. Ed. Edward Wesley, OSF. Brooklyn, New York: St. Francis College. 2003: 16-27.

Andretta Helen R. "A Berkeleyan Influence on Flannery O’Connor." Proceedings, Northeast Region Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, October 20, 2001. Ed. Sr. Doretta Cornell, R.D.C. and Ruth Anne Thompson. Pleasantville, New York: Pace University. 2002: 25-38.

Andretta Helen R. "Eliot’s Waste Land and Chaucer’s Gardens." Proceedings, Conference on Christianity and Literature, 1999 Northeast Regional Meeting. November 5-6, 1999. Ed. Jonathan Gates. Surf City, NJ: American Graphic Services. 2000: 1-13.

Andretta Helen R. "A Thomist’s Letters to ‘A’." The Flannery O’Connor Bulletin. Milledgeville, GA: Georgia College and State University P. 26-27 1998-2000: 52-72.

Andretta Helen R. "John Dryden’s Belief on the Eve of a New Millennium." On the Eve of A New Millennium: Belief and Unbelief as Expressed in Literature, Philosophy, Theology and the Visual Arts. Selected Papers of the 1998 Northeast Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature. Ed. Denise Askin and Teresa Mendez-Faith. Manchester, NH: Saint Anselm College Press. 1999: 10-17.

Andretta Helen R. "Spirit, Psyche, and Self in Troilus and Criseyde." Proceedings, Northeast Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, October 10-12, 1996, Regis College, Weston, MA. Ed. Joan F. Hallisey and Mary-Anne Vetterling. Weston, MA. 1996: 1-7.

Andretta Helen R. "Justice, Mercy, and Goods in The Man of Law’s Tale." Selected Proceedings of the Northeast Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, November 5, 1994, St. Joseph’s College, Patchogue, NY. Ed. Loretta McGrann and Benilde Montgomery. New York. 1994: 95-105.

Andretta Helen R. "Christian Truth in Chaucer in an Age of Scepticism." Selected Proceedings of the Northeast Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, November 6, 1993, C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. Ed. Joan T. Kelly and Caitlin Quinn-Lang. New York. 1993: 7-16.

Reviews in Field Of Expertise

"Flannery O'Connor and the Christ Haunted South by Ralph C. Wood in Studies in the Novel 38.3" Fall 2006: 380-81.

 

Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" Mystery and Meaning in Flannery O’Connor’s ‘Enduring Chill. " March 5, 2010: Northeast Region of the Conference on Christianity and Literature at Pace University.

" The ‘Salt’ of Peace. " December 3, 2008: Provost Lecturer at the Provost Lecture Series, York College.

" Mystery and Meaning in Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood. " October 11, 2008: Northeast Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature.

" The ‘Salt’ of Peace. " October 27, 2007: Keynote Speaker at the Northeast Regional meeting of the Christianity and Literature Conference.

" A View of the Woods’—A Morality Play. " October 7, 2006: Flannery O’Connor in the Age of Terrorism: An Academic Conference.

" Christ ‘Figures’ in Flannery O’Connor’s Fiction. " October 22, 2005: Northeast Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature.

" Boethius and the Troilus. " December 28, 2002: Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention.

" Chair for Session 5 papers on Milton, King Arthur, and Thomas Harris. " October 26, 2002: Christianity and Literature Northeast Region Conference.

" Ovid’s Influence on Chaucer’s Book of the Duchess. " October 26, 2002: Christianity and Literature Northeast Conference.

" A Medievalist Views Chaucer and O’Connor. " October 2, 2002: Faculty Forum presentation, York College.

" Tarwater--One of Flannery O’Connor's Youngest Children. " May 30, 2002: American Literature Association Conference.

" A Berkeleyan Influence on Flannery O’Connor. " October 20, 2001: Northeast Region Conference on Christianity and Literature.

" Chair Presider and Referee. " August 17, 2001: Eleventh Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Human Ideas on Ultimate Reality and Meaning (URAM).

" Flannery O’Connor’s Hylomorphic View of Humanity. " August 16, 2001: Eleventh Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Human Ideas on Ultimate Reality and Meaning (URAM).

" Wordsworth’s Reworking of Memory in Book One of the 1850 Version of The Prelude. " March 30, 2001: Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) Convention.

" Chair Romantic Memory and Historicism session. " March 30, 2001: Northeast Modern Language Literature Association (NEMLA) Convention.

" Eliot’s Waste Land and Chaucer’s Gardens. " November 6-7, 1999: Christianity and Literature Conference.

" Criseyde: Philosophical Foil to Troilus. " April 17, 1999: Northeast Modern Language Association convention.

" John Dryden’s Belief on the Eve of a New Millennium. " October 1998: Christianity and Literature Conference.

" A Thomist’s Letters to ‘A.’ " May 1998: American Literature Association Conference.

" Musing on the Muse in Paradise Lost. " November 1997: Christianity and Literature Conference.

" Spirit, Psyche, and Self in Troilus and Criseyde. " October 1996: Christianity and Literature Conference.

" The Disorder of Love in Troilus and Criseyde. " March 1996: Christianity and Literature Conference.

" Milton’s Muse in Paradise Lost. " October 1995: Literature and Spirituality Conference.

" Justice, Mercy, and Goods in The Man of Law’s Tale. " November 1994: Christianity and Literature Conference.

" Christian Truth in Chaucer in an Age of Scepticism. " November 1993: Christianity and Literature Conference.

" Chaucer’s Interpretation of Ovid in the Book of the Duchess. " November 1988: Fourteenth Annual Conference of the Mid-Hudson Modern Language Association.

Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

Provost Lecturer at the Provost Lecture Series, York College, “The ‘Salt’ of Peace": December 2008.

Keynote Speaker at the Northeast Regional meeting of the Christianity and Literature Conference: October 7, 2007.

York Scholar: June 2004.

Phi Beta Kappa Society, honor roll member: February 2004.

Phi Beta Kappa Society, initiation Hofstra University: 1985.

Grants-In-Aid

PSC-CUNY Research Grant, Body and Soul in the Works of Flannery O’Connor: A Hylomorphic Approach. 2005-2006: $3840.

PSC-CUNY Research Grant, Hylomorphism in the Characterizations of Flannery O’Connor. 2000-2001: $5031.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Chair of the Publications Committee for the Christianity and Literature journal: March 2004 - December 2005.

Advisor to The Center for Literate Values (formerly Arcturus Books Press), Tyler, Texas; on Board of Directors of affiliated journal, Praesidium: 2001 - Present.

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Andretta, Helen
Professor Emerita
English