Hotel Life is a dazzling, carefully crafted, and beautifully written book, full of original insights. In it, Caroline Field Levander and Matthew Pratt Guterl show us new and thought-provoking ways we can look at hotels as a central, undeniable part of modern existence. An agile, imaginative work that will spark debate for years to come."

--Howard Gillete, Rutgers University-Camden


Excerpt of Hotel Life on Business Insider: "Hotels Are Designed to Put You in the Mood"

Excerpt of Hotel Life on "Hotel Hells: Why Disgusting Hotels are Existentially Upsetting"

Review of Hotel Life on Myrtle Beach Online

Levander & Guterl discuss scholarship and coauthorship on the UNC Press blog

More collaboration from Levander & Guterl


Caroline Levander is the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Digital Education, Carlson Professor in the Humanities, and Professor of English at Rice University. She is currently writing Hotel Life (with Matthew Pratt Guterl) and Laying Claim: Imagining Empire on the U.S. Mexico Border (Oxford University Press). Most recently, she has published Where Is American Literature?  (Wiley-Blackwell’s Manifesto Series, 2013). In addition to co-editing a book series, Imagining the Americas, with Oxford University Press, Levander is author of Cradle of Liberty: Race, the Child and National Belonging from Thomas Jefferson to W.E.B. Du Bois (Duke UP 2006) and Voices of the Nation: Women and Public Speech in Nineteenth-Century American Culture and Literature (Cambridge UP 1998, paperback reprint 2009). She has co-edited A Companion to American Literary Studies (2011), Teaching and Studying the Americas (2010), Hemispheric American Studies (2008), "The Global South and World Disorder" (2011), and The American Child: A Cultural Studies Reader (2003).

Levander is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the Huntington Library, the Brown Foundation, the Moody Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Science's National Leadership grant, among other agencies.

As Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Digital Education, Caroline Levander oversees Rice’s strategic academic priorities in quality teaching, digital education, arts initiatives, entrepreneurship, and international engagement. She leads the digital learning and scholarship endeavor, which includes overseeing all online curricula as well as K-20 digital initiatives, and is responsible for developing the university’s interdisciplinary arts program as well as its anchor new 30 million dollar facility. Moody Center for the Arts will foster arts-based, disciplinary and inter-disciplinary teaching, research and creative work that could not easily find a home elsewhere on campus.

Levander's research focuses on the geopolitics of knowledge design, specifically on how prevailing assumptions about territory, geography, nation and textuality have shaped the field of American literature.