Hillary Chute

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Hillary Chute
Hillary Chute speaking at Columbia University.jpg
Hillary Chute speaking at Columbia University
Born1976 (age 44–45)
EducationRutgers University (Ph.D.)
OccupationAcademic, critic, author
Notable work
Graphic Women
Disaster Drawn
Why Comics?

Hillary Chute (born 1976 in Boston, MA) is an American literary scholar and an expert on comics and graphic narratives. She is Distinguished Professor of English and Art + Design at Northeastern University.[1] She was formerly Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Chicago and an Associate Faculty member of the University’s Department of Visual Arts, as well as a Visiting Professor at Harvard University.[2][3] She was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows from 2007 to 2010.[4]

Writings and career[edit]

Chute's first book Graphic Women (2010) covers the work of Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Phoebe Gloeckner, Lynda Barry, Marjane Satrapi, and Alison Bechdel. Her second academic book Disaster Drawn (2016) investigates how hand-drawn comics has come of age as a serious medium for engaging history. It explores graphic narratives that document the disasters of war by such artists as Jacques Callot, Francisco Goya, Keiji Nakazawa, Art Spiegelman, and Joe Sacco.

Chute's book of interviews with contemporary cartoonists, Outside the Box, was published in 2014. Chute is the Associate Editor of Art Spiegelman’s MetaMaus, which won a 2011 National Jewish Book Award in the category Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, as well as a 2012 Eisner Award in the category of best comics-related book.[5][6]

In 2006, she co-edited the "Graphic Narrative" special issue of Modern Fiction Studies.[7] She founded the Modern Language Association’s Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narratives in 2009.

Chute collaborated with Bechdel in co-teaching the course “Lines of Transmission: Comics and Autobiography” at the University of Chicago as part of a Mellon Grant, and in organizing the “Comics: Philosophy and Practice” conference in 2012.[8] In 2014, they co-authored the comics piece “Bartheses” in Critical Inquiry.[9]

In March 2018, Chute was named a columnist on comics and graphic novels for The New York Times Book Review.[10] Chute has written for Poetry about the relation of comics and poetry, reported for Artforum from San Diego Comic-Con, and reviewed comics for The New York Review of Books.[11][12][13] Her book Why Comics?: From Underground to Everywhere (2017) was named one of the Best Books of 2017 by Kirkus Reviews and one of the "100 Notable Books of 2018" by The New York Times.[14][15]



  1. ^ "Hillary Chute". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  2. ^ "Hillary Chute". UChicago News. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  3. ^ "Story Behind the Book: Hillary Chute on Drawing Disasters – The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  4. ^ "Current and Former Junior Fellows by Term". www.socfell.fas.harvard.edu. Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  5. ^ "Spiegelman among National Jewish Book Awards winners — Jewish Journal". Jewish Journal. 2012-01-12. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  6. ^ "Full List of 2012 Eisner Award Winners". Newsarama. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  7. ^ "Project MUSE – MFS Modern Fiction Studies-Volume 52, Number 4, Winter 2006". muse.jhu.edu. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  8. ^ "Comics: Philosophy & Practice Conference, May 18–20, 2012 – Lines of Transmission: Comics and Autobiography – Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry – The University of Chicago". graycenter.uchicago.edu. Archived from the original on 2018-02-05. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  9. ^ Chute, Hillary; Bechdel, Alison (2014-03-01). "Bartheses: Barthesian Doubt Edition". Critical Inquiry. 40 (3): 52. doi:10.1086/677329. ISSN 0093-1896. S2CID 162252065.
  10. ^ "Introducing The Book Review's New Graphic Novels and Comics Column". The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  11. ^ "Secret Labor by Hillary Chute". Poetry Foundation. 2017-05-21. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  12. ^ Chute, Hillary. "Hillary Chute at the 47th Comic-Con in San Diego". artforum.com. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  13. ^ Chute, Hillary. "A Man Alone in a Comic Book". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  14. ^ "Best Music and Entertainment Books of 2017 (pg. 1)". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  15. ^ Times, The New York (2018-11-19). "100 Notable Books of 2018". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-13.

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