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George B. Hutchinson

Newton C. Farr Professor of American Culture

Mcgraw Hall, Room M101
75 W. Main Street



George Hutchinson’s teaching and research focus on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature.  He is the author of Facing the Abyss: American Literature and Culture in the 1940s (Columbia UP, 2018); In Search of Nella Larsen: A Biography of the Color Line (Harvard UP, 2006), which won Phi Beta Kappa’s Christian Gauss Award, was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and a Choice Outstanding Academic Title; The Harlem Renaissance in Black and White (Harvard UP, 1996), a finalist for the Rea Nonfiction Prize; and The Ecstatic Whitman: Literary Shamanism and the Crisis of the Union (Ohio State UP, 1986).  He brought to light Anita Reynolds’s memoir, American Cocktail: A ‘Colored Girl’ in the World (Harvard UP, 2014); co-edited Publishing Blackness: Textual Constructions of Race Since 1850 (U of Michigan P, 2013), and edited The Cambridge Companion to the Harlem Renaissance (Cambridge UP, 2007).  He is currently working on a new edition of Jean Toomer’s Cane for Penguin Classics.  He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation.  In addition to teaching in the English department, he is Director of the John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines.


    • American Studies Program
    • English

    Graduate Fields

    • English Language and Literature


    • American Modernism
    • African American Literature
    • Race in American Culture
    • Walt Whitman