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George B. Hutchinson

Newton C. Farr Professor of American Culture

George B. Hutchinson

250 Goldwin Smith Hall
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 the Christian Gauss Award of Phi Beta Kappa, among other honors; The Harlem Renaissance in Black and White (Harvard UP, 1996), a finalist for the Rea Non-Fiction Prize; and The Ecstatic Whitman: Literary Shamanism and the Crisis of the Union (Ohio State UP, 1986).  He brought to light Anita Thompson Reynolds’s previously unpublished memoir, American Cocktail: A ‘Colored Girl’ in the World (Harvard UP, 2014).  He also edited The Cambridge Companion to the Harlem Renaissance (2007) and co-edited with John K. Young Publishing Blackness: Textual Constructions of Race Since 1850 (U Michigan Press, 2013).  His Penguin Classics edition of Jean Toomer’s Cane will appear in January 2019.  He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.  In addition to teaching in the English department, Hutchinson directs the John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines.


    • American Studies Program
    • Literatures in English

    Graduate Fields

    • English Language and Literature


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


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