Helina Mazza-Hilway

Teaching Fellow
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Teaching Fellow, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, The College

Affiliate Faculty, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

After earning an MAT at Bard College and an MA in Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan, I received my PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago. My dissertation, Writ(h)ing Subjecthood: Toward a Feminine Grotesque in Modern Japanese Literature, examines modern subjectivity in the works of three early twentieth century women writers, and argues that these writers employed a strategy I term the ‘feminine grotesque’--as generative as it was abject and aberrant-- within the written negotiations of their emergent subjecthood. My other research interests include trauma & resilience, spiritualism, non-human selfhood, genre fiction & minor literatures, readership, and low theory. I’ve taught writing at a range of levels (secondary school through post-graduate) for over a decade, and relish opportunities to talk with others about language, rhetoric, and writing as communication. In my life outside of the university, I love making things, hiking, and grazing my way across the mom & pop markets of the northwest suburbs.