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Julia Cuervo-Hewitt

Julia Cuervo-Hewitt
Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

Phone: (814) 863-2910

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PhD, Spanish and Portuguese, Vanderbilt University
MA, Social Sciences, Peabody College for Teachers, Vanderbilt University
BA, Behavioral Sciences, Scarrit College


Dr. Cuervo-Hewitt specializes in Latin American Literature, with an emphasis on Afro-Caribbean and Spanish Caribbean Literature and Culture. She teaches graduate courses on Early and Contemporary Spanish American Literature, Writing the New World, From Spanish American Romanticism to Realism, Afro-Caribbean Literature, Is there a Caribbean Discourse, and Spanish American Women Writings.

Her undergraduate courses include Spanish American Women Writings, Race, Gender, and Nationalism in Mexican Literature.  She teaches Advance Writing and Stylistic for Bilingual Heritage Students, and has initiated, organized, and directed Study Programs Abroad in Spain, Puebla, Mexico, and Salvador, Brazil. She co-directed the Department’s summer program to Salvador, Bahia, 2007, as well as directed the summer program to Puebla, Mexico, 2008.

In 2004, Dr. Cuervo-Hewitt received an award given at the National Palace by the city of Puebla, Mexico, for her educational work. She has published numerous articles on Spanish American, Caribbean and Brazilian literature, and on the writings of the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa.  She is the author of Aché, Tradiciones Yoruba-Lucumí en la narrativa cubana, and, forthcoming, Voices Out of Africa.She is presently working on two other books, Elogio de la locus: Mario Vargas Llosa, reader of Euclides da Cunha, and Iyaré Yemayá: The Writings of Lydia Cabrera.