George Hutchinson

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


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

Current Projects

  • A book tentatively entitled, In a Dark Time: American Literature and Culture in the 1940s