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Dennis Cutchins


4167 JFSB - Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602



American Literature


Late 19C


Dennis Cutchins has taught at BYU since 1997. He earned a PhD in American literature, specializing in contemporary Native American novels, from the Florida State University in 1997. Dr. Cutchins has written several articles on Native American authors Leslie Marmon Silko and Louise Erdrich. He teaches American literature, with specializations in Native American literature and film and literature. Recently he has edited several books on adaptation, particularly film adaptation. These include Adaptation Studies (co-edited with Christa Albrecht Crane, published by Farleigh Dickinson UP),The Pedagogy of Adaptation (co-edited with James Welsh and Lawrence Raw, published by Scarecrow) and Redefining Adaptation Studies (co-edited with Welsh and Raw and published by Scarecrow).

He serves on University’s Faculty Advisory Council, on the Board of Directors for the Charles Redd Center for Wester Studies, and on the Board of Directors for the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association.  He’s also a co-director for BYU’s long running International Cinema program.


PhD, Florida State, 1997

Awards & Honors

Department Citizenship Award 2008

Courses Taught

ENGL 345 Literature and Film
ENGL 362 American Literature from the Late Nineteenth to the Early Twentieth Century
ENGL 293 American Literary History
ENGL 336 American Novel
ENGL 364 Literature and Cultures of the American West

Research Interests

Adaptation studies, Cormac McCarthy, Ernest Hemingway, J.D. Salinger.

Teaching Interests

American literature, film, adaptation studies.

Honors and Awards

  • English Department Faculty Scholarship Award, BYU English Department (2019 - 2019)
  • Alcuin Fellowship in General Education, BYU General Education (2017 - 2019)


  • South Atlantic Modern Language Association (2015 - Present)
  • Association for Adaptation Studies (2014 - Present)

Professional Citizenship

  • Editorial Review Board Member, Adaptation (Journal) (2017 - Present)
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Journal of Popular Culture (2008 - Present)
  • Other, Modern Language Association (2020 - 2023)
  • Guest Speaker, BYU Education Week (2023 - 2023)
  • Committee/Council Member, Frankenread (2018 - 2018)
  • Committee/Council Member, Evans Book Award (2014 - 2018)
  • Conference-Related Role, BYU Humanities Center (2016 - 2017)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Adaptation (Journal) (2015 - 2017)
  • Other, American Educational Research Association (2014 - 2016)
  • Grant Proposal Reviewer, External, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (2015 - 2016)
  • Other, Charles Redd Center SW PCA/ACA Graduate Award (2005 - 2010)

Courses Taught


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