Modern Languages

 

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Professor Ben Hutchinson

Professor of European Literature

 

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About

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 literature; publications in several languages include the monographs Rilke's Poetics of Becoming, W.G. Sebald. Die dialektische Imagination, and Modernism and Style, a number of edited volumes, and essays on a broad spectrum of literary texts and topics. In 2011, he was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize, with which he has written a book due to appear as Lateness and Modern European Literature (Oxford University Press, 2016).

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.

 

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Publications

 

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Book
Hutchinson, B. (2016). Lateness and Modern European Literature. Oxford University Press.
Hutchinson, B. (2011). Modernism and Style. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Hutchinson, B. (2009). W.G. Sebald. Die dialektische Imagination. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter.
Hutchinson, B. (2006). Rilke's Poetics of Becoming. Oxford/London: Legenda.
Edited book
Baxter, J., Henitiuk, V. and Hutchinson, B. eds. (2013). A Literature of Restitution: Critical Essays on W. G. Sebald. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Weller, S. and Hutchinson, B. eds. (2011). Archive, special issue of Comparative Critical Studies, 8:2-3 (2011). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Hutchinson, B. and Ranson, S. eds. (2008). Rainer Maria Rilke's The Book of Hours: A New Translation with Commentary. New York/Rochester: Camden House Inc, U.S.
Article
Hutchinson, B. (2015). 'Epigonen or Progonen? Short Prose and Young Germans'. German Life and Letters [Online] 68:529-542. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/glal.12097.
Hutchinson, B. (2013). Anglokatholik, Royalist, Klassizist. T.S. Eliots Brief an den Merkur Lepper, M. and Schlak, S. eds. Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte 3:44-48.
Hutchinson, B. (2013). Entre littérature et Histoire: la « tardiveté » comme modèle herméneutique. Fabula [Online]. Available at: http://www.fabula.org/colloques/document2090.php.
Hutchinson, B. (2013). W.G. Sebald et l’école de Francfort. Europe 1009:68-78.
Hutchinson, B. (2012). Rilkes Widmungsgedichte für Hedwig Bernhard. Blätter der Rilke-Gesellschaft 31.
Hutchinson, B. (2011). The Shadow of Resistance. W.G. Sebald and the Frankfurt School. Journal of European Studies [Online] 41:267-284. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0047244111413703.
Hutchinson, B. (2011). "Moreplovac" ili "Zemljoradnik"? Nekoliko razmisljanja o Zebaldovom citanju eseja "Pripovedac" Valtera Benjamina. Polja 469:265-279.
Weller, S. and Hutchinson, B. (2011). Archive Time. Comparative Critical Studies [Online] 8:133-153. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/ccs.2011.0015.
Hutchinson, B. (2011). Une Écriture Blanche? Style and Symbolism in Édouard Dujardin's 'Les Lauriers Sont Coupés'. The Modern Language Review [Online] 106:709-723. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.5699/modelangrevi.106.3.0709.
Hutchinson, B. (2010). “Der Frosch der Kritik”. Interview with Sir Frank Kermode Raulff, U. ed. Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte 1:47-58.
Hutchinson, B. (2010). Dichterin der Rückkehr. Hilde Domin in retrospect. The Modern Language Review [Online] 105:479-486. Available at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25698705.
Hutchinson, B. (2009). "Raw with late wisdom”: Geoffrey Hill’s A Treatise of Civil Power. Modern Language Review [Online] 104:947-961. Available at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25655040.
Hutchinson, B. (2009). "Ein Penelopewerk des Vergessens"? W. G. Sebald's Nietzschean Poetics of Forgetting. Forum for Modern Language Studies [Online] 45:325-336. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/fmls/cqp106.
Hutchinson, B. (2008). “Ich bin Ich im Altern durch meinen Körper und gegen ihn”: Jean Amérys Grammatik des Alterns als Dialog mit der französischen Philosophie Roloff, H. -G. ed. Jahrbuch für internationale Germanistik [Online] 28:119-134. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3726/82030_119.
Hutchinson, B. (2008). “Ici commence l’indicible”. Hans Blumenbergs Überlegungen zur Unmöglichkeit des Beginnens beim späten Rilke . Etudes Germaniques 63:115-129.
Hutchinson, B. (2007). Wozu Denker in dürftiger Zeit? IASLonline [Online]. Available at: http://www.iaslonline.de/index.php?vorgang_id=1918.
Hutchinson, B. (2007). ‘“Der Erzähler als Schutzengel?”: W.G. Sebald’s reading of Giorgio Bassani’. Gegenwartsliteratur:69-91.
Hutchinson, B. (2006). The Structure of the Double-Bind in W.G. Sebald. Revista de Filología Alemana 14:101-111.
Hutchinson, B. (2006). Die Leichtigkeit der Schwermut: W.G. Sebalds Kunst der Levitation. Jahrbuch der deutschen Schillergesellschaft 50:457-477.
Hutchinson, B. (2005). 'Ist das der Eingang eines neuen Lebens?' Rilke’s Thresholds as an Inversion of Passivity. German Life and Letters 58:13-21.
Hutchinson, B. (2004). The Uses of 'Zittern' in the Early Rilke. Focus on German Studies 11:135-146.
Book section
Hutchinson, B. (2015). '"A powerful rough language": Stone, Style, and Sculpture in the Poetry of Geoffrey Hill'. in: Ethics of Alterity, Confrontation and Responsibility in 19th- to 21st-Century British Arts. Presses universitaires de la Mediterranee, pp. 185-204. Available at: http://www.pulm.fr/index.php/ethics-of-alterity-confrontation-and-responsibility.html.
Hutchinson, B. (2012). "Recuperative temperaments"? Hans-Georg Gadamer und Frank Kermode. in: Dutt, C. ed. Gadamers philosophische Hermeneutik und die Literaturwissenschaft. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, pp. 151-167.
Hutchinson, B. (2012). Modernism and the Erotics of Style. in: Schaffner, A. K. and Weller, S. eds. Modernist Eroticisms: European Literature after Sexology. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 213-231.
Hutchinson, B. (2011). "Ah, diese chronischen Mißverständnisse!" The Hermeneutics of “Understanding” in Hofmannsthal’s Der Schwierige. in: Liebscher, M., Fricker, C. and Dassanowsky, R. von eds. The Nameable and the Unnameable: Hofmannsthal's Der Schwierige Revisited. Munich: Iudicium, pp. 80-93.
Hutchinson, B. (2010). “Ankunft”: spätes Gedicht oder frühes Motiv? in: Vilain, R. L. and Karen, L. eds. Nach Duino : Studien zu Rainer Maria Rilkes spaeten Gedichten. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, pp. 109-122.
Hutchinson, B. (2010). Jean Amérys Dialog mit dem französischen Strukturalismus. in: Müller, H. -H. ed. Strukturalismus in Deutschland: Literatur- und Sprachwissenschaft 1910-1975. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, pp. 308-320.
Hutchinson, B. (2009). “Seemann” oder “Ackermann”? Überlegungen zu W.G. Sebalds Lektüre von Walter Benjamins Essay “Der Erzähler". in: Fischer, G. ed. W.G. Sebald and Expatriate Writing. Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp. 277-298.
Hutchinson, B. (2008). Jean Améry’s Semiotics of Exile. in: Carr, G. J. and Leahy, C. eds. Fünfzig Jahre Staatsvertrag: Schreiben, Identität und das unabhängige Österreich. Munich: Iudicium, pp. 83-93.
Hutchinson, B. (2008). Bausteine 3: Sprachen. in: Bülow, U. von, Gfrereis, H. and Strittmatter, E. eds. Wandernde Schatten: W.G. Sebalds Unterwelt. Marbach am Neckar: Deutsche Schillergesellschaft, pp. 114-127.
Hutchinson, B. (2008). Introduction. in: Hutchinson, B. ed. Rainer Maria Rilke's The Book of Hours: A New Translation with Commentary. New York / Rochester: Camden House Inc, U.S.
Hutchinson, B. (2006). "Egg boxes stacked in a crate": Narrative Status and its Implications in W.G. Sebald's prose. in: Denham, S. and McCulloh, M. R. eds. W. G. Sebald: History - Memory - Trauma. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter.
Hutchinson, B. (2006). Narrative Status and its Implications. in: Denham, S. and McCulloh, M. eds. W. G. Sebald: History - Memory – Trauma. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter, pp. 171-182.
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Teaching

Ben Hutchinson teaches modules on modern German literature and culture.

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