Hunter, Angela

Angela HunterAngela Hunter, PhD

Director of Masters of
Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS)
Rank: Associate Professor
Office: 501-P Stabler Hall
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Educational Background

Ph.D. Comparative Literature (minor in Psychoanalytic Studies), 2004
Emory University

M.A. French Literature, 1997
New York University

B.A. Comparative Literature (minor in Women Studies), 1994
Colorado College (magna cum laude)


I am the graduate coordinator of the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Program at UALR, which allows students to study in two different disciplines to complete a unique degree. I really enjoy working with the MA students and seeing their interdisciplinary projects develop. I have background in interdisciplinary study, having studied Comparative Literature, Philosophy, Psychoanalytic Studies, and Women’s Studies, so I have practical knowledge of the benefits and challenges of doing interdisciplinary work. I also teach an array of literature and theory courses in the English major and pursue research related to literature and philosophy.

Areas of Focus

Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French literature; twentieth-century French thought; Interdisciplinary Studies; literary theory; feminist philosophy.

Research Interests

My recent research focuses on studies of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and of Louise Dupin (contemporary of Rousseau and writer of an unpublished feminist work). In general, my research focuses on issues involving sexual/gender difference, the body, reading, love and subjectivity. I mainly focus on the late 18th and 19th-centuries in the French tradition combined with philosophy and critical theory from the 20th-century. My dissertation explored the relations between love, reading and difference in texts by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Stendhal, Charles Baudelaire, and Jacques Derrida. I am also interested in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic theory, primarily Jacques Lacan and his critics.

Selected Professional Activities

2011 “Reading, Marks, Love: Rousseau, Stendhal, Baudelaire”, Oxford Literary Review, vol 33.1, 2011.

2010 “Invito Spectatore: Scenes of Love in the Lettre à d’Alembert sur les spectacles,” Romance Notes, 50 (2), Winter 2010

2010  Book Review of John Schad, Someone Called Derrida (Sussex, 2007). Derrida Today. Vol. 3(1), May 2010

2009 “The Unfinished Work on Louise Marie-Madeleine Dupin’s Unfinished Ouvrage sur les femmes,” Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vol. 43(1), Fall 2009

2008 “Signs of Reading and the Subject of Love in Stendhal’s De l’Amour.” Nineteenth-Century French Studies, 36.3-4

2007 “Rousseau’s Queer Bottom: Sexual Difference in the Confessions.” Volume XXXIV of French Literature Series. Rodopi Press

2005 “Where to Place Feminine Sexuality?: (Re)reading Encore.” Review Essay on Reading Seminar XX: Lacan’s Major Work on Love, Knowledge and Feminine Sexuality (SUNY, 2004). In Journal of Lacanian Studies