Ben Hutchinson has been Professor of European Literature at the University of Kent since 2012. His research ranges widely across European - and especially, German - literature; publications include the monographs Rilke’s Poetics of Becoming (Legenda, 2006), W.G. Sebald. Die dialektische Imagination (De Gruyter, 2009), Modernism and Style (Palgrave, 2011), Lateness and Modern European Literature (Oxford University Press, 2016), Comparative Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2018), and most recently The Midlife Mind (Reaktion/Chicago, 2020). He is currently finishing a collection of essays, On Purpose, due to appear with 4th Estate in 2023. His books have been translated into numerous languages including Chinese, Korean, and Persian.
Ben has lectured at institutions across the world, including at Oxford, Heidelberg, Harvard, Jerusalem, and the ENS Paris. In 2005-7, he was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach; in 2011, he was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize; in 2012-13, he was a Visiting Professor at Montpellier III; in 2015, a Visiting Fellow at the Forschungsverbund Marbach-Weimar-Wolfenbüttel; in 2021, he won the Forum for Modern Languages Prize. He has evaluated research across Europe and has undertaken numerous roles as external examiner and programme reviewer both in the UK and abroad.
Amongst other activities, Ben is a Contributing Editor at the Times Literary Supplement, Honorary Secretary of the British Comparative Literature Association, Fellow of the Academia Europaea, and founder of the UK's first Summer School on comparative literature. He served as Academic Director of the University's Paris School of Arts and Culture from 2019 to 2020.
Ben's lecture on comparative literature, as part of the University's 'Think Kent' series, is available to watch online.
Ben Hutchinson teaches modules on modern German literature and culture.