Helen Roulston's Scholarship

Foreign Languages and Scholarship.

Poetry and Scholarship.

Film and Scholarship.

Music, Film, and Scholarship.

Fitzgerald and Scholarship.

Foreign Languages and Scholarship

Roulston, Helen H. "A Study of the Introduction of the Abelard- Heloise Story into English Literature." Masters Thesis. College Park, MD: U of MD, 1964.

     My masters thesis, written at the University of Maryland, is on the development of the deviation from the original Latin letters of Abelard-Heloise story in seventeenth-century France and early eighteenth-century England, when Alexander Pope used a portion of the fictitious letters, translated into English by John Hughes, to write his famous "Eloisa to Abelard."

---. Preface. Love and Nature, Unity and Doubling in the Novels of Maupassant. By Bertrand Ball. Ed. Helen H. Roulston. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 1988.

     In this work, which I edited posthumously, Bertrand Ball analyzes Maupassant's six novels in terms of their use of various aspects of love, manifestations of nature, and the relationships of the various characters in the works.

Poetry and Scholarship

---. "The Four Elements and Poetic Consciousness in William Carlos Williams' Paterson." South Dakota Review 17 (Spring 1979): 101-11.

     In this article, I analyze the complex pattern of the four elements--fire, air, earth, and water--which Williams developed in his long poem in relation to the development of the poetic consciousness.

Film and Scholarship

---. "Montage: A Textbook of Student Film-Literature Essays--An Exercise in Multiple Points of View." English in Texas 20 (Spring 1989): 12-17.

     In this article, I demonstrate the ways in which I have compiled and used the best student essays from my Film and Literature classes over the years to provide background information, models, and inspirations for students to use in writing their own essays of film-literature combinations.


A Review of Reynold Humphries’ The Hollywood Horror Film, 1931-1941: Madness in a Social Landscape. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2006. Gothic Studies. 2007.

Music, Film and Scholarship

---. "From Capone to Coppola: Opera in Gangster Movies." Journal of Popular Culture. (Summer 1998): 99-111.

     In this article, I first examine the ways in which several movies use opera excerpts to depict the life of Al Capone or fictional counterparts. Then I analyze the use of operas in the Godfather trilogy, directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

---."From Citizen Kane to Wuthering Heights: Bernard Herrmann’s Creation of Gothic-Inspired Operas." Gothic N.E.W.S (Aix en Provence) International Gothic Association Conference. Volume 2: Studies in Classic and Contemporary Gothic Cinema (Editions Michel Houdiard). Ed. Gilles Menegaldo, 2010. 53-67.
This article was originally presented at the International Gothic Association Conference in Aix en Provence in July 2007.

     With the assistance of my friend and colleague, Joy Roach, I am doing extensive research into the use of classical music in the "Inspector Morse" and "Rumpole of the Bailey" series.

Classical Music in "Inspector Morse" and "Rumpole of the Bailey"

Fitzgerald and Scholarship

Roulston, Robert, and Helen. The Winding Road to West Egg: The Artistic Development of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell U P/Associated UP, 1995.

     In this book, we examine ways in which Fitzgerald's early writings--plays, short stories, and novels--do or do not anticipate The Great Gatsby. We also included a short epilogue concerned with Fitzgerald's post-Gatsby works.

Reviewed by Todd Stebbins of William Penn College in The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Newsletter Dec. 1996: 12-14.

     This is "a work that does a good job with some close readings of the stories leading up to The Great Gatsby, pointing to themes, characters, plots, and--most insightful--the writing style that Fitzgerald developed as he evolved from aspiring 'greatest writer' to the brilliant technician of popular stories and on to the artist who so successfully controls his material in The Great Gatsby" (13-14).

     "What this book does offer is acute observations about several important things: Fitzgerald's literary influences, the role of autobiography in his work, several of his stories and novels (especially The Great Gatsby up to 1925), and the real magic of Fitzgerald's prose--his style" (14).

Roulston, Robert, and Helen. “The Great Gatsby: Fitzgerald’s Opulent Synthesis.” Rpt. in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Ed. with an Introd. by Harold Bloom. Broomall, PA: Chelsea House Publishers, 2004. 69-83.
[This is a chapter from the above book, The Winding Road to West Egg: The Artistic Development of F. Scott Fitzgerald.]

Roulston, Robert, and Helen H. Roulston. "The Great Gatsby: The Opulent Synthesis." Rpt. in Critical Insights: The Great Gatsby. Ed Morris Dickinson. Pasadena, CA: Salem, 2009. 124-43. Cited in the Bibliography of The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review 8 (2010): 246-47.
[This is a chapter from the above book, The Winding Road to West Egg: The Artistic Development of F. Scott Fitzgerald.]

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