Rebeca Helfer

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Associate Professor, English
School of Humanities

Ph.D., Columbia University, 2003


University of California, Irvine
402 Humanities Instructional Building
Mail Code: 2650
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Renaissance literature and Culture; Memory; Spenser
Research Abstract
My research focuses on memory and mnemonics in Renaissance literature. My first book, Spenser's Ruins and the Art of Recollection, explores the role of recollection in the poetics and politics of Edmund Spenser's writing. My new project, tentatively titled Recollecting the Renaissance, considers the art of memory in relation to literary theory and practice across a range of early modern authors and genres.
Spenser's Ruins and the Art of Recollection. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012.
"Arts of Memory and Cultural Transmission" in Translatio, or the Transmission of Culture, ed. Laura H. Hollengreen, ACMRS 13 (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepolis, 2008).
"Remembering Sidney, Remembering Spenser: The Art of Memory and The Ruines of Time in Spenser Studies, v. 22 (2007).
"Falling Into History: Trials Of Empire in Spenser's Faerie Queene in Fantasies Of Troy: Classical Tales And The Social Imaginary In Medieval And Early Modern Europe, CRRS Texts And Studies, 4 (Toronto: Centre For Reformation And Renaissance Studies, 2004).
"The Death Of The 'New Poete': Virgilian Ruin And Ciceronian Recollection In Spenser's The Shepheardes Calender in Renaissance Quarterly, volume 56:3 Autumn, 2003.
Professional Societies
Renaissance Society of America
International Spenser Society
Modern Language Association
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