Monika Hilder, Ph.D.

Professor of English ; Sabbatical Spring 2023

Monika B. Hilder teaches in the English Department at Trinity Western University . She received her B.A. and M.A. in English from UBC, and completed P.D.P. (Professional Development Program, Teacher Education) at SFU. She received her Ph.D. in literature education from the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University and was awarded the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal for Academic Excellence in 2004. She has published journal articles and book chapters on George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis, L.M. Montgomery, Madeleine L'Engle, and in literature education, and three books: Surprised by the Feminine: A Rereading of C.S. Lewis and Gender; The Gender Dance: Ironic Subversion in C.S. Lewis’s Cosmic Trilogy; and The Feminine Ethos in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia.  She has also published short fiction, drama, and poetry in various journals, and has completed a number of children’s picture book stories, including Beppo’s Magic Song, Keltie and the Dragon Who Ate Words, and Paper Stars for Christmas.

Monika is on Sabbatical for the Spring 2023 Semester.

Ph.D. in Education (Simon Fraser University); Professional Teachers Certificate (Simon Fraser University); B.A., M.A. in English (University of British Columbia).


children's literature, fantasy literature (George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis, and Madeleine L'Engle), moral education, gender criticism, literature and spirituality, and Milton.

Awards & Honors

Clyde S. Kilby Research Grant from the Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College (2011)

Faculty Research Grant (2009)   

Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal for Academic Excellence (2004)

Graduate Fellowship (2003)

President’s Ph.D. Research Stipend (2003)

Dr. M. Sheila O’Connell Graduate Scholarship in Children’s Literature (2003)

Graduate Fellowship (2002)

Dr. M. Sheila O’Connell Graduate Scholarship in Children’s Literature (2001)

Simon Fraser University Honour Roll (1985)

Simon Fraser Undergraduate Open Scholarship (1984)

Travel Grant, Department of External Affairs, Ottawa (1980)

University Scholarship (1979)

Walter D. Frith Scholarship (1977)

Recent Publications


Hilder, Monika B. Surprised by the Feminine: A Rereading of C.S. Lewis and Gender. New York: Peter Lang, 2013. 

Hilder, Monika B. The Gender Dance: Ironic Subversion in C.S. Lewis’s Cosmic Trilogy. New York: Peter Lang, 2013.

Hilder, Monika B. The Feminine Ethos in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia. New York: Peter Lang , 2012.

Book Chapters

Hilder, Monika B. "Jack, the 'Old Woman' of Oxford: Sexist or Seer?"C.S. Lewis and Women: What His Relationships and Writings Reveal for Today’s Culture.  Ed. Carolyn Curtis. Oxford: Lion Hudson (in press; invited).

Hilder, Monika B. “Mythic Re-Enchantment: The Imaginative Geography of Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet.” Forthcoming in Children's Literature and Imaginative Geography Past, Present, and Future. Ed. Aïda Hudson. (invited)

Hilder, Monika B. “Metaphors for Spirituality in Public Educational Settings.” Metaphors We Teach By. Ed. Harro Van Brummelen and Ken Badley.  Wipf and Stock (2012). (invited)

Hilder, Monika B.  “Surprised by the Feminine: A Rereading of Gender Discourse in C.S. Lewis’s Perelandra.” C. S. Lewis's Perelandra: Re-shaping the Image of the Cosmos. Ed. Judith Wolfe and Brendan Wolfe. Kent State, Ohio: Kent State UP, 2013. 69-82. (invited)

Hilder, Monika B.  “Consolation in Un/certainty: The Sacred Spaces of Suffering in the Children’s Fantasy Literature of George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis, and Madeleine L’Engle.” Through a Glass Darkly: Suffering, the Sacred, and the Sublime. Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature. Ed. Holly Faith Nelson, Lynn R. Szabo, and Jens Zimmermann. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press (2010). 235-41. (invited)

Hilder, Monika B.  “The Ethos of Nurture: Revisiting Domesticity in L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables.” L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: A Children’s Classic at 100.  Ed. Holly Virginia Blackford. Calgary: University of Calgary Press (2009). (invited)

Hilder, Monika B.  “Imagining the Ultimate Kindred Spirit: The Feminist Theological Vision of L.M. Montgomery.” Feminist Theology with a Canadian Accent: Canadian Perspectives on Contextual Feminist Theology. Ed. Mary Ann Beavis with Elaine Guillemin and Barbara Pell. Ottawa: Novalis, 2008.

Hilder, Monika B. “George MacDonald’s Education into Mythic Wonder: A Recovery of the Transcendent.” Sublimer Aspects: Interfaces Between Literature, Aesthetics, and Theology. d. Natasha Duquette. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007. 176-93. (invited)


 Hilder, Monika B. “We Are All Bad Poets.” English Studies in Canada. Anniversary Edition in Memory of Northrop Frye.  Ed. Mervyn Nicholson (2012).

Hilder, Monika B.  “Teaching Literature as an Ethic of Care.” Teaching Education 16.1 (2005): 43-52. (invited)

Hilder, Monika B.  “The Enemy’s Gospel: Deconstructing Exclusivity/Inventing Inclusivity Through the Power of Story.” Journal of Curriculum & Supervision 20.2 (2005): 158-81.

Van Brummelen, H., K. Franklin and Monika B. Hilder. "Creating space for personal meaning in schooling." ICCTE Journal: Journal of the International Community of Christians in Teacher Education 1.1 (2005). 

Hilder, Monika B. “That Unholy Tendency to Laughter”: L.M. Montgomery’s Iconoclastic Affirmation of Faith in Anne of Green Gables.” Canadian Children’s Literature / Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 113/114 (Spring/Summer 2004): 34-55.

Hilder, Monika B.“The Foolish Weakness in C.S. Lewis’s Cosmic Trilogy: A Feminine Heroic.” Seven: An Anglo-American Literary Review 19 (2002): 77-90.

Hilder, Monika B. "L.M. Montgomery."  Encyclopedia of Christian Literature. Ed. George Thomas Kurian, James D. Smith III. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press (2010). (invited)

Hilder, Monika B. “C.S. Lewis, My Mentor: A Girl Has To Be Prepared.” Mere Christians, Vol. 2, Ed. Mary Anne Phemister. (in press) (invited)

Hilder, Monika B.  “The Half Idiot.” You in Me, Me in You: Narratives of Learning and Teaching.  Ed. Meguido Zola. Faculty of Education: Simon Fraser University, 2006, 11. (Fiction)

Hilder, Monika B. The Balloon Party. Colorado Springs, Co.: Meriwether, 1997. (Drama).

Hilder, Monika B. “The Royal Harbinger.” Esprit: The Magazine of Evangelical Lutheran Women. January/February 1995, back cover. (Poetry).

Hilder, Monika B.  “Flesh Bonds.” Esprit: The Magazine of Evangelical Lutheran Women. July/August 1994, 13. (Poetry).


“Foreword to the 2013 Reprint Edition.” Rolland Hein, The Harmony Within:The Spiritual Vision of George MacDonald. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013. i-iv.


Hilder, Monika B.  “Between Blasphemy and Belief.” Review of Sharon Jebb, Writing God and the Self: Samuel Beckett and C.S. Lewis. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011, for Sehnsucht: The C.S. Lewis Journal 5/6 (2011-2012).

Hilder, Monika B.  “The Environmental Visions of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.”  Review of Matthew Dickerson and Jonathan Evans, ents, elves, and eriador: The Environmental Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien. (Lexington, Kentucky: UP of Kentucky, 2006); and Matthew Dickerson and David O’Hara, Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: The Environmental Vision of C.S. Lewis. (Lexington, Kentucky: UP of Kentucky, 2009), for Flourish Magazine (Winter 2011): 1-6.

Hilder, Monika B. Review of J.S. Ritchie and D.E. Wilson's Narrative as Critical Inquiry: Rewriting the Script. New York: Teachers College Press. University of Birmingham, for the Journal of Education for Teaching 28.2 (July 2002): 189-92.

Hilder, Monika B. and Meguido Zola. Review of  Mary Aswell Doll’s Like Letters in Running Water: A Mythopoetics of Curriculum. Mahwah, NJ:Lawrence Erlbaum, 2000, for Teaching Education 13.3 (2002): 364-65

Books Under Review

Hilder, Monika B. Educating the Moral Imagination through Fantasy Literature: Developing Classroom Approaches. (Under review at Wilfred Laurier University Press.)

Media Presentations

Guest on CBC Radio IDEAS documentary, “C.S. Lewis and the Inklings.” Host: Frank Faulk. (Part 1:; Part 2: October 10 & 17, 2013

Guest on CBC Radio One, BC Almanac, discussing Summer Reading for Young People: Motivation, Trends, and Suggestions. Host: Mark Forsythe, June 28, 2004.

Featured in various newspapers, including The Vancouver Sun, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times, Trinity Western University News and Events, Langley Times, The Langley Advance News, Christianity-Higher-Ed., Simon Fraser University News.

Affiliations & Memberships

  • ACCUTE (Association of Canadian College & University Teachers of English)
  • CLSG (Christianity & Literature Study Group)
  • IERG (Imaginative Education Research Group)
  • CCSE (Canadian Society for the Study of Education)
  • CSSPE (Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics)