Nicholas Hunter BA, MA


Language Tutor

Department of Modern Languages: French Studies

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


I teach on a variety of language and content modules. I have particular interests in 17th-Century French literature and culture and in 20th-Century literature


B.A. French Studies; M.A. in Seventeenth-Century Studies, both at Durham.


I was born and grew up in South Yorkshire. After undergraduate and postgraduate study at Durham University I was appointed to the University of Birmingham in 1999.


I teach Year 1 and Year 2 French written language classes and run a cours de soutien for Year 2 students. I teach and lecture on Introduction to French Literature and Film Studies and Cultural Intersections in Year 1 and Renaissance to Realism and French Text and Interpretation in Year 2. From next year I will also contribute to a new module, Conflict, Identity and Absurdity in twentieth-century French theatre, convened by Dr Edward Boothroyd.

My Final-Year option, Women and Literature in Seventeenth-Century France, analyses the representation of women in a variety of seventeenth-century French texts and genres, including a number of works written by female writers. Particular attention is paid to the social and political consequences of ‘transgressive’ behaviour displayed by women and men.


My principal interests lie in seventeenth-century literature and culture. I’m particularly interested in the ways dramatists use patriarchal structures of authority as a means of controlling the representation of - sometimes actively disruptive - female characters, thereby neutralising their potential to challenge or threaten the established social order. I have also undertaken research on the education of children in 17th-Century France with particular reference to the writings of Fénelon. I hope soon to explore documentary and literary representations of the garden during the reign of Louis XIV.

Other activities

Undergraduate Examinations Officer for the School and for French Studies.


  • 'Visualising female education in Fénelon's Traité de l'éducation des filles', published in Text(e) / Image, ed. by Margaret-Anne Hutton, Durham French Colloquies No. 7, 1999.

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