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Helen Emmitt

J. Rice Cowan Professor of English

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AB Bryn Mawr College
PhD University of California at Berkeley


Helen Emmitt joined Centre College in August of 2002 as an associate professor and now serves as J. Rice Cowan Professor of English. She has been a Centre Scholar, an NEH Professor, and a recipient of the Kirk Award for excellence in Teaching.

Her scholarly work focuses on modern and contemporary poetry. Recent articles include “Rhyming Hope and History: Medbh McGuckian’s Recent Poetry,” “Forgotten Memories and Unheard Rhythms: H.D.’s Poetics as a Response to Male Modernism” and “’The One Free Foot Kicking under the White Sheet of His-tory’: Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s Uncanny Landscapes.” She is working on a book on contemporary Irish poetry.


  • Modern British Literature
  • Irish Writers
  • Contemporary British Literature
  • Jane Austen
  • Toni Morrison

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