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Gordon Hunter, Ph.D.

“The 21st Century American Novel: A Brief History”

February 13, 2015

Gordon Hutner is professor of American literature at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where he has taught for the last 10 years.  After taking degrees at Kenyon College and the University of Virginia, he began his career at the University of Wisconsin, where he taught for 17 years before leaving for the University of Kentucky.  While in Madison, he founded the journal, American Literary History, now in its 27th year.  Hutner is the author and editor of many books and articles about US literature and culture, including studies of Hawthorne, Jewish-American writing, and modern US fiction, as well as immigrant autobiographies, a second volume of which is forthcoming later this year.  Most recently, he has published the selected writings of Theodore Roosevelt and coedited a collection of essays A New Deal for the Humanities:  the Liberal Arts and Public Higher Education. His talk is drawn from his ongoing research into 21st-century US writing.  He is also the series editor of Oxford Studies in American Literary History.