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Jamie Hutchinson

Professor Jamie Hutchinson

Professor Emeritus of Literature;
Director, Summer Young Writers Workshop


Hall College Center

Academic Program Affiliation(s)

Languages and Literature, Literary Studies, Creative Writing

Areas of Specialization

  • American Romanticism
  • Nature writing
  • Creative nonfiction
  • The Inklings (Tolkien, Lewis, Williams, Barfield)


Research Interests: Owen Barfield and the Inklings, American Transcendentalism

Teaching Interests: American Romanticism, nature writing, creative nonfiction, Christian themes in literature, the American West in literature and film, The Inklings (Tolkien, Lewis, Williams, Barfield)


Ph.D. in American Studies, University of New Mexico
M.A. in English, University of Virginia
A.B. in English, Stanford University

Dr. Hutchinson previously taught at Colorado State University, the University of New Mexico, Berkshire Community College, SUNY Albany, as well as in the Language & Thinking Workshop at Bard College. Since 1986 he has served as the Director of the Young Writers Workshop at Simon's Rock (in which he also taught from 1983 to 2013). In recent years, in addition to publishing occasional personal essays, he has presented papers and published articles focusing on the thought of the English philosopher Owen Barfield and its relation to nineteenth and twentieth century writers in England and America. In 2016 Dr. Hutchinson retired from full-time teaching (after 40 years at Simon's Rock) and is currently serving as an adjunct Professor of Literature and General Education.


Selected Publications

  • “Imagine That: A Barfieldian Reading of C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces.” The Journal Of Inklings Studies 6.2 (October 2016) (forthcoming).
  • “Murmurs of the Heart” (personal essay). Lifelines (Dartmouth Medical School 2013).
  • “Final Boarding Call” (short story + process reflections). Writing From the Inside Out 8 (Spring 2013) (Bard College Institute for Writing & Thinking).
  • “Leaning Into the Current” (creative nonfiction). Under The Sun (Summer 2009).
  • “Faithful Thinkers: Emerson, Barfield, and the New American Adam.” Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature 61.4 (Summer 2009)
  • “The Thirty-Year Elegy” (memoir-essay). Berkshire Review 13 (Spring 2005).
  • “The Lapse of the Current: Thoreau's Historical Vision in A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.” ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 25 (Fall 1979).


  • “Pilgrim, Saunterer, Worshipper of Aurora: Mythopoeic Nonfiction in the Age of the Consciousness Soul.” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association convention, October 8-10, 2015, Santa Fe, NM.
  • “The Boundary of Elysium: Borders as Sites of Revelation in Thoreau's 'Walking.’ ” American Literature Association convention, May 24-27, 2012, San Francisco, CA.
  • “Myths Fallen and Unfallen: Modes of Participation in C.S. Lewis's Perelandra.” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association convention, October 14-16, 2010, Albuquerque, NM.
  • “Alone in Taulkinham: Idolatry and the Sacred in Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood.” American Literature Association convention, San Francisco, CA. May 27-30, 2010.
  • “Imagine That: Allegories of the Soul in C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces.” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association convention, October 9-11, 2008, Reno, NV.
  • “Faithful Thinkers: Barfield Reads Emerson.” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association convention, October 4-6, 2007, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • “Walden Inverted: A Reading of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.” Modern Language Association convention, New Orleans, December 1988.
  • “Love's Initiation: A Reading of Charles Williams's The Greater Trumps.” Northeastern Modern Language Association convention, Dartmouth, MA, March 1980.