Natalie Helberg

Natalie Helberg



Graduate Student


St. George,


  • BA, Alberta (Philosophy)
  • MFA, Guelph (Creative Writing)

Natalie’s philosophical interests are numerous. If Natalie were to organize them in terms of figures/philosophers, she would name Foucault, Judith Butler, Susan Bordo, Derrida and Levinas;  she would also note peripheral interests in Heidegger and Nietzsche, and, more generally, existentialism; Natalie also has an inchoate interest in philosophy of science. Broad themes she finds herself paying attention to include ‘the subject’ (its relation to language/discourse), institutional modes of boundary policing, as well as psychiatric, corporeal, sexual, and aesthetic forms of normalization. Feminist philosophy saturates all of her concerns.

Natalie is also interested in the intersection between philosophy and literature and in ‘forms of writing’ more generally. She is currently working on a hybrid novel which sources the resources of theory, fiction, poetry and drama. Exciting writers she, most humbly, believes everyone should exalt and read: Gail Scott, Nicole Brossard, Kathy Acker, Carla Harryman, Rosmarie Waldrop, Lisa Robertson, Dodie Bellamy, Anne Carson, Sarah Kane, Lyn Hejinian and Vanessa Place.

Research Interests:

Continental Philosophy