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Coleman Hutchison

Associate ProfessorPh.D., 2006, Northwestern University

Coleman Hutchison



U.S. literature and culture to 1900; poetry; print culture; the U.S. south; the American Civil War


Coleman Hutchison (Ph.D., Northwestern, 2006) teaches and writes about U.S. literature and culture to 1900. He has abiding interests in poetry, print culture, southern literature, popular and folk music, and histories of sexuality. His work has appeared in American Literary History, Common-Place, Comparative American Studies, CR: The New Centennial Review, Journal of American Studies, The Emily Dickinson Journal, PMLA, and Southern Spaces, among other venues.

He is the author of the first literary history of the Civil War South, Apples and Ashes: Literature, Nationalism, and the Confederate States of Americathe co-author of a guide for students entitled Writing About American Literatureand the editor of History of American Civil War Literature.

Hutchison is working on two books-in-progress: "The Ditch is Nearer: Race, Place, and American Poetry, 1863-2009" and a popular biography of “Dixie.” The former project studies the interpenetration of locality and racial consciousness in American poetry between Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and Barack Obama’s inauguration; the latter tells the story of how a song gave a region a nickname, and how that nickname helped to shape the region’s cultural identity.

Hutchison's research has been supported by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Antiquarian Society, the Bibliographical Society of America, the Boston Athenaeum, the Huntington Library and the South Caroliniana Library. In 2010 Hutchison received a UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award and in 2015 a President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award

In 2016-2018, Hutchison will serve as the President of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature.  



(with Karen Gocsik) Writing about American Literature: A Guide for Students. New York: Norton, 2014.



Apples and Ashes: Literature, Nationalism, and the Confederate States of America. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2012.



Notes on the Text: The Dixie Land Songster. Common-place 14.3 (April 2014)


Three Poems and a Critique of Postracialism. Southern Spaces 25 December 2012.


Popular Poetry in Circulation (with Elizabeth Renker). In U.S. Popular Print Culture, 1860-1920. Christine Bold, ed. Part of The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture. Gary Kelly, ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. 395-413.


After the Third World. A special issue of CR: The New Centennial Review. Co-edited with Barbara Harlow, James Cox, Jeremy Dean, Molly Hardy, and Neville Hoad.10.1 (Spring 2010).


“Secret in Altered Lines": The Civil War Song in Manuscript, Print, and Performance Publics. In Sandra Gustafson and Caroline Sloat, eds. Cultural Narratives: Textuality and Performance in the United States before 1900. University of Notre Dame Press, 2010. 255-275


"Song of Myself" Audiotext


On the Move Again: Tracking the Exploits, Adventures, and Travels of Madame Loreta Janeta Velazquez. Comparative American Studies, 5.4 (Winter 2007): 423-440.


Whistling Dixie for the Union (Nation, Anthem, Revision). American Literary History 19.3 (Fall 2007): 603-628.


Breaking the Book Known as Q. PMLA 121.1 (January 2006): 33-66.


"Eastern Exiles": Dickinson, Whiggery, and War. The Emily Dickinson Journal 13.2 (Fall 2004): 1-26.


Recent Courses


English 603A: Reading and Composition in World Literature (Plan II)

English 603B: Reading and Composition in World Literature (Plan II)

English 316K: Masterworks of American Literature

English 321: Shakespeare (Oxford)

English 338: American Literature from 1865-Present

English 340: The American Novel to 1920

English 349S: Edgar Allan Poe 

English 349S: William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor

English 372L: The American Renaissance

English 376L: Literature, Cultural Memory, and the American Civil War (Honors)

English 379S: Literature, Cultural Memory, and the American Civil War (Senior Seminar)

English 679HA: Honors Tutorial (Honors)

Undergraduate Studies 303: The Literature of Sport (Signature Course)


English 384K: Approaches to Disciplinary inquiries

English 384K: Journal Publication

English 395M: Re-reading the American South in Literature and Film

English 395M: U.S. Regional Literatures: Problems and Prospects

English 395M: Nineteenth-Century American Poetry and the Poetics of the Page

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