Newton C. Farr Professor of American Culture
Interim Director of American Studies
Graduate Faculty Member
- Indiana University, Ph.D., M.A.
- Brown University, B.A.
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.
Research and Teaching Interests
- American Modernism
- African American Literature
- Race in American Culture
- Walt Whitman
- A book tentatively entitled, In a Dark Time: American Literature and Culture in the 1940s