Faculty

Natalie Hewitt, Ph.D.

Photo - Natalie HewittAssociate Professor of English, College of Arts & Sciences; Chair of the CSUF Academic Contracts Committee

Phone: (714) 879-3901 x3280
Email: nhewitt@hiu.edu
Office: Nutwood Rm 309

EDUCATION:

  • Ph.D., English Literature, Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A., English Literature, University of California, Irvine
  • B.A., English Literature, Hope International University

COURSES:

  • Writing Skills Tutorial
  • Introduction to Composition
  • Introduction to Literature
  • British Literature I & II
  • American Literature I & II
  • Shakespeare
  • Structure of English Language in America
  • Contemporary Novels in English on Film

ACADEMIC INTERESTS:

  • Bible as Literature
  • Classical Rhetoric
  • Shakespearean Influence in Gothic Literature
  • New Historicism
  • Historical Criticism
  • Film Theory

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Dissertation: 'Something old and dark has got its way': Shakespeare's Influence in the Gothic Literary Tradition.

HOBBIES/INTERESTS:

Dr. Hewitt is a worship leader at Friends Church Orange, where her husband Jay (HIU ’03) is the Lead Campus Pastor. Both Natalie and Jay love to travel and to meet new, interesting people, and they enjoy living adventurously.

KEY AWARDS/PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS:

  • “Sifting through the Fragments: Re-constructing Lewis Carroll’s Authorial Presence,” presented at CGU's Graduate Student History Association's 2011 Annual Conference on March 25-26, 2011 and the PCA/ACA National Conference in San Antonio, Texas on April 20-23, 2011.
  • Faculty Excellence Award, Hope International University, 2009-2010
  • "Shakespeare's Influence in the Early Gothic Novels of Horace Walpole and Matthew Lewis" paper presented at the PCA/ACA Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 3, 2010

PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT:

Hermeneutics is not limited to the principles of exegesis in theology and biblical studies; rather, it is a theoretical approach to the practice of attempting to interpret textual materials: works of fiction and non-fiction, pieces of creative expression, religious texts, political speeches, historical documents, and images that are still and those that move such as films and television shows. Because I believe that textual materials have the power to transform lives, my ultimate goal in the classroom is to expose my students to higher levels of critical thinking and literary analysis. Through close reading, accurate research, relevant discussion, and historical criticism, we will strive to examine literary works as documents of creative expression, social and cultural influence, and contemporary significance.

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