Neubauer Family Assistant Professor
Department of English Language & Literature and the College
Hillary Chute’s interests lie in how people address history and understand their lives through cultural invention. Her current research is in contemporary American literature, specifically how public and private histories take shape in the form of innovative narrative work. Her book Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics (November 2010) examines the work of Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Phoebe Gloeckner, Lynda Barry, Marjane Satrapi, and Alison Bechdel.
She coedited the special issue of MFS: Modern Fiction Studies on Graphic Narrative. She is associate editor of Art Spiegelman’s forthcoming book project MetaMaus (Pantheon, 2011), and her work has appeared in American Periodicals, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, MFS: Modern Fiction Studies, PMLA, Postmodern Culture, Twentieth-Century Literature, Literature & Medicine, and Women’s Studies Quarterly, among others. In 2009, she was the founder of the Modern Language Association’s discussion group on comics and graphic narratives.
Chute earned her PhD from Rutgers University in 2006 and was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows (2007–10). She is the recipient of the Library of Congress’s Swann Foundation Fellowship Grant, Rutgers University’s David L. Kalstone Memorial Fund Award, and Harvard University’s Milton Fund Fellowship.
Chute joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2010.