Department of English

University of Toronto

The Linda Hutcheon Graduate Scholarship Fund

Donations to the Linda Hutcheon Graduate Scholarship Fund will help to create a scholarship to honour University Professor Emeritus Linda Hutcheon for her stellar contributions to scholarship and teaching.

The Linda Hutcheon Scholarship will be awarded to a PhD student working in English or Comparative Literature in the areas of theory, contemporary literature, or interdisciplinary study.  This scholarship is shared between English and Comparative Literature, and the student recipient will alternate between both units annually.

Linda HutcheonLinda Hutcheon, University Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature, is a specialist in postmodern culture and critical theory (especially irony, parody and adaptation), on which she has published 9 books. She has also worked collaboratively in large research projects involving hundreds of scholars, including the multi-volumed "Rethinking Literary History—Comparatively." She is guilty of having indulged in interdisciplinary work with Michael Hutcheon, M.D. and Professor Emeritus of Medicine, U of T, on the intersection of medical and cultural history, studied through the vehicle of opera. After three books on topics such as disease, death and the body, they are now working on one about the late style and last works of long-lived opera composers. The recipient of major fellowships, awards, and honorary degrees, in 2000 she was elected the 117th President of the Modern Language Association of America, the third Canadian and the first Canadian woman to hold this position. Committed to mentoring the next generation, she has supervised over 60 doctoral dissertations.

Professor Hutcheon is the most cited living Canadian scholar of literature, the only worthy successor to Northrop Frye. According to the citation index Publish or Perish, she has been cited 5,605 times in Google Books. Her h-index, a formula based on how many books a scholar has produced as well as on citations, is 17, the same h-index as Marshall McLuhan or Salman Rushdie.

But, more than her publications, Linda has transformed the ethos of the academic units she works in by making all relations warmer and more human. The two words most associated with her professional presence among us are generosity and community. All her students can testify to her generosity. Since coming to U of T 1989 she has supervised 61 PhD theses! She has served on another 61 thesis committees! Her example has taught all of us, her students and her colleagues alike, what the mentor-student relation can be. Linda has also provided us with a wholly new model of what literary scholarship can be. It does not have to be solitary. Research, publication, and teaching, she has taught us, are all collective enterprises.

The Department of English and the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto have established a scholarship in Linda’s name to be awarded to an incoming PhD student in English or Comparative Literature working in the areas of contemporary literature, theory, or interdisciplinary approaches to literature. This is the most appropriate gift we can give her.

If you would like to donate to the Linda Hutcheon Scholarship Fund, it is possible to make an online contribution at: https://donate.utoronto.ca/english



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