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George Hutchinson

Newton C. Farr Professor of American Culture

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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 In Search of Nella Larsen: A Biography of the Color Line (Harvard UP, 2006), which won the Christian Gauss Award of Phi Beta Kappa; 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).  Most recently he brought to light Anita Thompson Reynolds’s 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).  He is currently writing a book on American literature and culture in the 1940s, for which he held a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011-12.


    • American Studies Program
    • English

    Graduate Fields

    • English Language and Literature


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



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