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Josephine Gattuso Hendin

Professor of English

Ph.D. 1968 (English and American literature), M.A. 1965, Columbia; B.A. 1964 (English language and literature), City College.

Office Address: 

244 Greene Street 513 New York, New York (US) 10003

Office Hours: 

Fall 2016: ENGL 2841: Thursdays, 12:30 - 3:00 and by appointment; ENGL 640: Tuesdays, 12:30 - 2:00


(212) 998-8804


(212) 995-4019

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Contemporary American literature and culture; psychology and literature; ethnicity and literature; creative writing

External Affiliations:

President, American Italian Historical Association, Member, Executive Committee of the Italian American Studies Association. Member, Editorial Board, Palgrave Macmillan series in Italian American Studies, Executive Board, Modern Language Association Discussion Group on Italian American Literary and Cultural Studies.


Josephine G. Hendin is Professor of English at New York University. After graduating from the City College of New York, she began her graduate work at Columbia University as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and completed it as a Columbia University President's Fellow. In addition to teaching modernism and contemporary American literature, she also teaches Italian American Studies and, beginning in 2001, served as Tiro A Segno Professor of Italian American Studies. In addition to publishing numerous critical essays and books, she is the author of a novel, The Right Thing to Do, which won an American Book Award in fiction from the Before Columbus Foundation.

Professor Hendin has received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Literary Criticism, the Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Award for distinction as an Italian American woman scholar, and The Pietro Di Donato-John Fante Award for Excellence in Literature. Her notable recent essays include "Social Constructions and Aesthetic Achievements: The Innovative Aesthetic of Italian American Art; "Vanzetti's Ghost: The Conscience of American Writers," on the poetry, essays, and fiction opposing the execution of Vanzetti, who became a writer during his long imprisonment, and a study of Don DeLillo's epic novel: "Underworld, Ethnicity and Outsider Art: Reason and Revelation." Josephine Hendin has served as President of the American Italian Historical Association and is currently at work on a study of the transatlantic forces that shaped modern American fiction and a book on current multiethnic American writing and innovative form.

Professor Hendin's critical works include The World of Flannery O'Connor, selected by the American Library Association as a Notable Book of the Year for its "significant contribution to the expansion of knowledge;" Vulnerable People: A View of American Fiction Since 1945, selected by Choice Magazine as one of the outstanding works published by a University Press; and HeartBreakers: Women and Violence in Contemporary Culture and Literature. She is Editor of the Blackwell Concise Companion to Postwar American Literature and Culture. Her literary essays have appeared in Harper's Magazine, Dissent, The New Republic, American Literary History, MELUS, VIA and many other publications. Her reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review as well as in academic journals.

Her essays have appeared in anthologies including The Harvard Guide to Contemporary American Writing, and the Modern Language Association's publication, Italian American Literature, Film and Popular Culture, where she focused on teaching experimental ethnic fiction . Her study of Henry James, "The Uses of Italy," discussing The Princess Casamassima and Roderick Hudson, appeared in The Sweetest Impression of Life: The James Family in Italy, edited by Agostino Lombardo and James W. Tuttleton, Her work on V. and Gravity's Rainbow appeared in Harold Bloom's anthology, Thomas Pynchon.


John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Literary Criticism American Book Award in Fiction from the Before Columbus Foundation Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Award for Distinction as a woman scholar Pietro Di Donato-John Fante Award for Excellence in Literature

HeartBreakers: Women and Violence in Contemporary Culture and Literature. New York Palgrave Macmillan 2004; paperback Palgrave Macmillan 2006.

The World of Flannery O'Connor Bloomington, Indiana University Press 1970, Paperback 1972. Reprinted Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2009.

Vulnerable People: A View of American Fiction Since 1945. New York: Oxford University Press: 1978; Oxford Paperbacl 1979.

The Right Thing To Do,Boston: David R. Godline, 1998; Reprinted, New York, The Feminist Press, 1999.

Editor. A Concise Companion to Postwar American Literature and Culture, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2004; Blackwell Paperback 2006; Blackwell Electronic 2009.

Updated on 10/06/2016