York College / City University of New York
Andretta, Helen

Andretta, Helen

Professor Emerita


Phone: 718-262-6472
Office Location: AC-2B09
Email: handretta@york.cuny.edu

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.

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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 

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

Publications in Field Of Expertise