Professor Ben Hutchinson
Professor of European Literature
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- Co-Director, Centre for Modern European Literature
- General Editor, Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature
- REF Coordinator, Modern Languages and Linguistics
- Director of Research, Modern Languages
Ben Hutchinson joined the University of Kent in 2007. He studied at the Universities of Bristol, Vienna, and Oxford (where he took an M.St in European Literature and a D.Phil in German literature), after which he lectured at St. John’s College, Oxford for the year 2004-5, then spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Oxford and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach. His research ranges widely across modern European - and especially, German - literature; publications in several languages include the monographs Rilke's Poetics of Becoming (2006), W.G. Sebald. Die dialektische Imagination (2009), Modernism and Style (2011), and Lateness and Modern European Literature (2016). In 2011, he was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in recognition of this work.
Professor Hutchinson has lectured at institutions across Europe, including Oxford, Heidelberg, DLA Marbach, and the ENS Paris. In 2012-13, he was a Visiting Professor at Montpellier III; in 2015, a Visiting Fellow at the Forschungsverbund Marbach-Weimar-Wolfenbüttel. Amongst other activities he writes for the Times Literary Supplement, the Observer, and the Literary Review, is a member of the Executive Committee of the British Comparative Literature Association, and a Fellow of the Academia Europaea.
Podcast: Ben Hutchinson's Inaugural Lecture '"Creatures Facing Backwards": Modernity, Literature and Lateness'
Blog: Lateness and Modern European Literature (2016)
For a short introduction to the book Lateness and Modern European Literature (2016) please see: http://blog.oup.com/2016/09/modern-aging-world/
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Ben Hutchinson teaches modules on modern German literature and culture.back to top