Lynn Hunt  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Lynn Hunt is the editor of The New Cultural History and the author of The Family Romance of the French Revolution and Invention of Pornography: Obscenity and the Origins of Modernity, 1500–1800 (1993), a landmark works in demonstrating the role pornography played in the modernization of European culture.

Born in Panama and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, she has her B.A. from Carleton College (1967) and her M.A. (1968) and Ph.D. (1973) from Stanford University. Before coming to UCLA she taught at the University of Pennsylvania (1987-1998) and the University of California, Berkeley (1974-1987).

Prof. Hunt teaches French and European history and the history of history as an academic discipline. Her specialties include the French Revolution, gender history, cultural history and historiography. Her current research projects include an examination of the origins of human rights in the 18th century and a study with Margaret Jacob on British romantics and their links to science and politics.

Partial bibliography

  • Revolution and Urban Politics in Provincial France (1978)
  • Politics, Culture, and Class in the French Revolution (1984)
  • The Family Romance of the French Revolution (1992).
  • The New Cultural History (1989)
  • Telling the Truth about History (1994)
  • Histories: French Constructions of the Past (1995)
  • Beyond the Cultural Turn (1999)
  • The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures (2001)

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