Lynn Hunt  

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Lynn Avery Hunt (born November 16, 1945) is an American academic. She 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.

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.


  • Revolution and urban politics in provincial France
  • The Failure of the Liberal Republic in France, 1795–1799: The Road to Brumaire, coauthored with David Lansky and Paul Hanson in The Journal of Modern History Vol. 51, No. 4, December 1979.
  • Politics, Culture, and Class in the French Revolution (1984)
  • The New Cultural History (1989)
  • The Family Romance of the French Revolution (1992)
  • Telling the Truth about History (W. W. Norton, 1994)
  • Histories: French Constructions of the Past (1995)
  • The French Revolution and Human Rights: A Brief Documentary History(1996)
  • Beyond the Cultural Turn (1999)
  • Liberty, equality, fraternity: exploring the French Revolution [book, CD, and website] (2001)
  • The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures (2005)
  • Inventing Human Rights: A History (W. W. Norton, 2007)
  • La storia culturale nell'età globale, Edizioni ETS, Pisa, 2010
  • Writing History in the Global Era (W. W. Norton, 2014)
  • History: Why it Matters (2018)

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