Kyle Hetrick has been a member of the faculty since 2006; he previously taught literature and composition courses at the University of Rhode Island from 2000 to 2005.
Professor Hetrick earned his B.S. as a double major of English and sociology at James Madison University and received his M.A. in English from Millersville (PA) University. He did his PhD work at the University of Rhode Island.
Scholarly and Creative Work
Professor Hetrick has presented papers at a variety of literary and inter-disciplinary conferences across the country during his ten years of being a professor. Among the subjects that he has written about are literary analyses of John Barth’s Chimera, E.L. Doctorow’s The Book of Daniel, Don Delillo’s White Noise, and William Styron’s The Confessions of Nat Turner as well as sociological-based critiques of the libertarian Free State Project and the hidden consumer lessons of Nintendo games. Professor Hetrick’s current scholarly focus is the use of brand name items in 20th and 21st-century American literature.
Professor Hetrick primarily teaches lower division literature courses on subjects ranging from literature of the American Dream to postmodernism, suppressed literature of the United States to universal plots. His academic specialties are 20th and 21st century American literature as well as global postmodernism and avant-garde literature. Plays and films are featured significantly in Professor Hetrick’s class offerings. Professor Hetrick’s second undergraduate major, sociology, is prominently integrated into his literary lessons.