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Jennifer Newton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Director, M.A. Program in English

Office Phone: (951) 343-4276
E-mail: jnewton@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 262
Office Hours: MON: 3-5:30 pm WEDS: 1:30-2, 3-5 pmFRI: 10-11 am, 1:30-2, 3-4:30 pm

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. English Baylor University 2004
M.A. English Baylor University 1999
B.A. English LeTourneau University 1997

Courses Taught

•Composition
•Intermediate Composition
•British Literature Survey I
•17th Century British Literature
•18th and 19th Century British Poetry
•British Novel to 1900
•Shakespeare Studies
•Major Authors
•C.S. Lewis
•Research Seminar
•British Literature Seminar
•Special Topics: Shakespeare and the Renaissance

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Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

•Renaissance British literature (16th and 17th centuries)
•Anglo-Saxon literature
•18th century British literature
•C. S. Lewis

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Teaching Experience

•Adjunct Instructor, McLennan Community College, Waco, Texas, Summers 2002 & 2003. Taught "American Literature I," "Basic Grammar and Composition I," and "Freshman English II."
•Graduate Student Instructor, Baylor University, Fall 1998 - Spring 2004. Taught "Thinking and Writing," "Thinking, Writing, and Research," and British Literature Survey.

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Research, Presentations, & Publications

PUBLICATIONS:
“George Herbert’s ‘Clasping of Hands.’” The Explicator Journal 71.3 (2013): 169-72.

“‘Show that thy brests can not be dry’: Unsatisfied Longing in George Herbert’s Nursing Mother and Child Imagery.” George Herbert Journal 34.1-2 (Fall 2010-Spring 2011): 34-54.

“The Providential Detective in Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret.” Literature and Belief 33.1 (Spring 2013): 1-21.

“‘Something Understood’: Sacramental Imagination and the Communion of Saints in the Fantasy of Chesterton, Lewis, and Rowling.” In Pursuit of Truth: A Journal of Christian Scholarship. 9 Feb. 2011. Web. http://www.cslewis.org/journal/author/jennifer-newton/

PRESENTATIONS:
"Teaching the 4 Cardinal Virtues Through Edmund Spenser's Britomart in the Faerie Queene." SW Conference on Christianity & Literature. Houston Baptist University. Houston, TX. 21 Sept 2013.

“The Divine Wisdom Narrative from Proverbs Seen in Three Poems from Herbert’s The Temple.” Herbert in Charleston Conference. George Herbert Society. Charleston, SC. 8 March 2013.

“‘At first thou gav’st me milk’: Images of Maternal Nourishment in George Herbert’s Poetry.” George Herbert Society International Interdisciplinary Conference. Newtown, Wales, UK. 15 October 2011.

“Becoming an Adventurous Traveler: Lessons from C.S. Lewis’s Fiction.” Southern California C.S. Lewis Society. Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA. 21 September 2011.

“Memorable Lessons from Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.” Redlands Shakespeare Festival. Redlands, CA. 13 May 2010.

“‘Something Understood’: Sacramental Imagination and the Communion of Saints in the Fantasy of Chesterton, Lewis, and Rowling.” Oxbridge 2008: C.S. Lewis Summer Institute. C.S. Lewis Foundation. Cambridge, England. August 2008.

"Dumbledore's Humor as Sacramental Hope: Harry Potter in the Tradition of G.K. Chesterton." Lumos 2006, Harry Potter Educational Fanon, Las Vegas, NV. July 2006.

"Faith, Remembrance, and Holy Communion: Glimpses of the Sacrament in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and C.S. Lewis's The Silver Chair." Through the Wardrobe: Engaging Fantasy in the Arts and Popular Culture. Christianity and Culture Conference, California Baptist University, Riverside CA. March 2006.

"'The Best Monument': The 1722 Poems on Several Occasions as Pope's Elegy to Parnell." South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, South Padre Island, Texas. February 2002.

"'Oh! Let Thy Pearle, Lord, Cabbinet in Mee': Edward Taylor's Use of the Cabinet-Treasure Image in the First Series Preparatory Meditations." Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature, Waco, Texas. September 2001.

"Of Cuckoos and Cocks: Chaucer's Birds in The Parliament of Fowls and The Nun's Priest's Tale." Texas Medieval Association, Waco, Texas. September 2000.

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Church Membership & Activities

Compass Bible Church, Aliso Viejo, CA

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Interests & Hobbies

•Blogging about literature: readingtheoldbooks.blogspot.com
•Classic films
•Travel to the British Isles

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Personal Philosophy

"It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between. If that is too much for you, you should at least read one old one to every three new ones.

Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books."

-C.S. Lewis, "On the Reading of Old Books"

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