Dr. Helene Remiszewska teaches literature, composition, and liberal studies at NYU Los Angeles and the City University of New York. She completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. She also holds an M.A. in English from UT Austin (2013) and a B.A. in English and American Literature from NYU (2011).
Her research focuses on labor and the laboring body, haunting and the supernatural, and American literature to 1865. She has also written on histories and depictions of cannibalism, industrial capitalism, and urban spaces. She’s taught classes on race, gender, and fashion, marginalized literary communities and pop culture, and literary histories of American oppression, in addition to several first-year writing courses.
Her current book project, Postcolonial Haunting in the U.S. Antebellum Empire, examines how early American fantasies of colonial violence prefigure working-class ideologies of national belonging in the mid-nineteenth century. Concurrently, she is developing her second book project, Your Voice Is a Weapon: Trauma, Silence, and Women in Melville, which explores how trauma informs embodied reading practices, particularly in literature that silences or erases representations of its readers.
Dr. Remiszewska also applies her analyses of the dehumanization of the laboring body to contemporary American culture. She is particularly interested in the symbiotic relationship between popular imaginings of sex work(ers) and the legislation that criminalizes erotic labor, as well as how alternative economies both reinforce and subvert post-recession national mythologies.