Helen R. Andretta, Ph.D.

Department of English 
York College/CUNY 
Jamaica, NY 11451 
(718) 262-2346 (Voice Mail) 
Room 2A10 


If philosophy is the handmaid to theology, then literature is the page to both (copyright by H. R. Andretta 3/6/05)

I am a Full Professor and Deputy Chair in the English Department at York College--The City University of New York.

I have taught courses in ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and Restoration and Eighteenth century literature as well as Understanding Literature. I have also taught senior seminars and those students who wish to pursue English Honors in addition to students in the McNair Scholars program who intended to pursue doctoral studies.

My objective is to have students realize their best potential as productive members of society and in fields of study that make them happy. 

I am presently working on a research project on the Southern writer, Flannery O'Connor, partially funded by the University Committee on Research Awards--The City University of New York.




I am the author of Chaucers Troilus and Criseyde: A Poets Response to Ockhamism (Studies in the Humanities, Vol 29, 
New York: Peter Lang, 1997), a study which comprehensively reviews Ockhamism and its possible influence on Geoffrey 
Chaucer in his version of the Troy story. 
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Read a review in Prolepsis.

Other publications related to research on Flannery O'Connor include

“The Hylomorphic Sacramentalism of ‘Parker’s Back.’” 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;

“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;

“A Thomist's Letters to ‘A.’” on Flannery O'Connor in Volumes 26-27 of The Flannery O'Connor Bulletin,
(Milledgeville, GA: Georgia College and State University Press, 1998-2000);
and various articles in journals and in Proceedings Papers emanating from presentations on Chaucer, John Dryden, T. S. Eliot, and Flannery O'Connor at regional Christianity and Literature Conferences. For additional information on my education and academic accomplishments, see Curriculum Vitae, and Faculty Accomplishments. For photographs, see Favorite Photos.



Academic Interests

American Literature
Ancient & Medieval Civilization and Literature
English Language Development and History
Medieval Literature, especially Geoffrey Chaucer
Mythologies and Legends
Renaissance and Seventeenth Century Literature
Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature
Romanticism and Nineteenth Century Literature
Victorian Literature
William Shakespeare



Course Information

 Fall 2010 Schedule

English 318 S -- Shakespeare: The Major Works
English 371 EG -- History of the English Language








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