Portrait of Professor Ben Hutchinson

Professor Ben Hutchinson

Director of Graduate Studies and PG Student Experience, Division of Arts and Humanities
Professor of European Literature

About

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 in numerous languages 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), and Comparative Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2018). He is currently writing a book about literature and middle age, provisionally entitled The Midlife Mind.

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. He has evaluated research across Europe, most recently in Norway where he served as an international assessor for modern languages and comparative literature, and has undertaken numerous roles as external examiner and programme reviewer. 

Amongst other activities, Ben writes for the Times Literary Supplementthe Observer, and the Literary Reviewis a member of the Executive Committee of the British Comparative Literature Association and a Fellow of the Academia Europaea, and is the 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.  

Teaching

Ben Hutchinson teaches modules on modern German literature and culture.

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