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Regina Hewitt earned her Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A. from Columbia University after completing a B.A. at Rutgers University. Upon receipt of her doctorate in 1987, she joined the faculty at USF.
Hewitt specializes in the literature and social theory of the Romantic Era; in the history of literary criticism, with particular attention to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; in the history and problems of disciplinarity; and in Scottish Studies. She is currently finishing a book titled “Utopian Outlooks: Edgeworth, Galt, and the Literary Legacy of Scottish Enlightenment Social Theory.”
Hewitt’s range of interests is reflected in the titles (below) of her most recently published book, edited essay collections, and sampling of articles:
- Symbolic Interactions: Social Problems and Literary Interventions in the Works of Baillie, Scott, and Landor. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell UP, 2006.
- John Galt: Observations and Conjectures on Literature, History, and Society. Ed. Regina Hewitt. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell UP, 2012.
- Utopianism and Joanna Baillie. Ed. Regina Hewitt. Intro. and essay “Joanna Baillie’s Ecotopian Comedies” by Regina Hewitt. Romantic Circles Praxis Series. 2008. http://www.rc.umd.edu/praxis/.
- “Maria Edgeworth’s Harrington as a Utopian Novel.” Studies in the Novel 46.3 (2014): 293-314.
- “Treason, Sedition and Reform: The Scottish Trials and Joanna Baillie’s Ethwald.” Scottish Literary Review l.2 (2009): 1-19.
- “Identities and Involutes: Some Reflections on Narrative Ethics.” Studies in Symbolic Interaction 30 (2008): 105-30.
- “Improving the Law: Property Rights and Self-Possession in Joanna Baillie’s The Alienated Manor.” Wordsworth Circle 38 (2007): 50-55.
Earlier publications include two books on the social concerns of Wordsworth and the canonical Romantic poets and more than twenty additional articles.
From 1994 to 2000, Hewitt served as Director of the DeBartolo Conference on Eighteenth-Century Studies at USF, and with Pat Rogers, she co-edited a volume of essays from the conference, Orthodoxy and Heresy in Eighteenth-Century Society (Bucknell UP, 2002). From 1997 to 2003, she served as Book Review Editor for The European Romantic Review and from 2003 to 2016, as Co-Editor. She has held the offices of Secretary and Vice President of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association (NCSA) and currently surves on its Senior Advisory Council. In 2006, she received the NCSA “President’s Award for Sustained Service to the Society and Significant Contributions to Nineteenth-Century Studies.”
Ph.D., M. Phil., M.A., Columbia University
British romanticism and Scottish studies; 18th- & 19th-century literary & social criticism; disciplinarity
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