Caroline Heller

Email: 

hellercm@uchicago.edu

Research Interests: 

18th-century British literature; British Romantic literature; ecologies of literature; lyric poetry; temporality; poetic and literary forms of life and animacy; natural histories

Dissertation Title: 

"The Times of the Seasons: Mediations of Climate in the Long Eighteenth Century"

Workshops: 

18th- and 19th-Century Atlantic Cultures (co-coordinator 2016-2018); Poetry & Poetics

Biography: 

Caroline Heller received her M.A. in English literature from Miami University of Ohio in 2013 and her B.A. from the same university in 2006. Before pursuing her M.A., she spent several years teaching English abroad and working for non-profit organizations. She has been a member of the poetry staff and also an associate editor for the Chicago Review. Her dissertation, “The Times of the Seasons,” explores the prevalence of seasons in eighteenth-century and Romantic literature and analyzes how their unique spatiotemporal frame aided readers in registering forms of life and climate on multi-scalar levels. With each chapter dedicated to a season—spring, summer, autumn, and winter respectively—the dissertation uses seasons not as subject matter, but as frames for examining concepts that seem either in and/or outside of lived experience.

Teaching Experience: 

  • Instructor of Record, Eco-consciousness: Ecologies and Climates of 18th-Century Literature, University of Chicago, Spring 2019
  • Course Assistant, Climate Change in Literature, Art, and Film, Fall 2018
  • Writing Instructor, Warrior-Scholar Project, University of Chicago, Summer 2018
  • Instructor of Record, Rambles and Revolutions: Exploring Ecologies of London, London Program: University of Chicago, Fall 2017
  • Course Assistant, Shakespeare: Histories and Comedies, University of Chicago, Spring 2017
  • ESL Instructor, English Language and Orientation Program, Louisiana State University, 2013-14
  • Instructor, English 111 and 112, Miami University of Ohio, 2011-13