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Helen Burgess

Professor

Department of English

Tompkins Hall 237A

Bio

Helen J Burgess is a Professor of English. She received her BA(Hons) and MA(Dist.) in English Language and Literature from Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand, and her Ph.D. in English from West Virginia University. She has previously taught at Washington State University-Vancouver and UMBC. Her research areas include digital rhetorics, electronic literature, critical making and text/textiles.

Office Hours

  • Thu: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Or By Appointment

Website

polyrhetor.io/cv.html

Research Publications

Major works include Red Planet: Scientific and Cultural Encounters with Mars (2000) and Biofutures: Owning Body Parts and Information (2008), both titles published in the Mariner10 interactive DVD-Rom series at the University of Pennsylvania Press, and Highways of the Mind (2015) an interactive book for iPad from Penn Press co-authored with Jeanne Hamming, as well as The Routledge Research Companion to Digital Medieval Literature (2018) coedited with Jen Boyle.

She recently completed a digital humanities project, Intimate Fields, for publication in the University of Victoria’s Kits for Culture Series with fellow NCSU faculty member Margaret Simon.

Dr. Burgess is author or co-author of numerous multimedia format titles, including Highways of the Mind (2014, with Jeanne Hamming, republished as Futurama, Autogeddon in 2022); Biofutures: Owning Body Parts and Information (2008, with Robert Mitchell and Phillip Thurtle); and Red Planet: Scientific and Cultural Encounters with Mars (2000, with Robert Markley, Harrison Higgs and Michelle Kendrick). Her installation works include Intimate Fields (2018, with Maggie Simon), Loving-Together with Roland’s Bots (2016, with Craig Saper) and MashBOT (2015).

Dr. Burgess is co-editor of The Routledge Research Companion to Digital Medieval Literature (2018, with Jen Boyle). She is also editor of the online journal Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, technical editor for Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, and editorial board member for thresholds journal.

Education

B.A. English Language and Literature Victoria University of Wellington 1993

M.A. English Language and Literature Victoria University of Wellington 1997

Ph.D. English West Virginia University 2003

Area(s) of Expertise

Digital humanities, electronic literature, multimodal composition, critical code studies, multimedia and web development, feminist crafting.

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