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Indiana University Bloomington

Paul Gutjahr

Paul Gutjahr

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Ruth Halls Professor of English

Ph.D., American Studies, University of Iowa, 1996
M.A., American Studies, University of Iowa, 1992
M.A., English, Stanford University, 1985
B.A., English and History, Stanford University, 1984, with honors

My own academic interests tend to be eclectic. My training is in American Studies, so I favor approaches which are highly interdisciplinary in nature. My specialized field of research is the history of publishing and literacy in the United States. More commonly, I work in the area which has come to be called history of the book studies, and I work primarily in the North American context. I am interested in how different forms of writing influence a vast array of cultural practices from religious preaching to proper etiquette at meals. I have written extensively on the production of the English Bible in America. I have also edited a collection of essays on typography and textual interpretation and an anthology on nineteenth century American popular literature. For more information about me, you can visit my personal homepage.

Selected Publications (click images for more information)


The Book of Mormon: A Biography, Princeton University Press, 2012.

Charles Hodge: Guardian of Americna OrthodoxyCharles Hodge: Guardian of American Orthodoxy, Oxford University Press, 2011.

Last of the MohicansLast of the Mohicans, A New Critical Edition, editor, Broadview Press, 2009.

American Popular Literature of the NIneteenth CenturyAmerican Popular Literature of the NIneteenth Century, 1200-page anthology from Oxford University Press, 2001.

Illuminating Letters: Essas on Typography and Literary InterpretationIlluminating Letters: Essays on Typography and Literary Interpretation, co-edited with Megan Benton, University of Massachusetts Press, 2001.

An American Bible: A History of the Good Book in the United States, 1777-1880An American Bible: A History of the Good Book in the United States, 1777-1880, Stanford University Press, 1999.

Partial List of Awards

President's Arts and Humanitites Initiative, Indiana University.

Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University.

Fellowship, Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University.

Pew Program in Religion and American History Faculty Fellowship, through Yale University.