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Peter Hynes

Peter Hynes

B.A. (Acadia), M.A. (York, England), Ph.D. (Toronto)

Associate Professor

Office: Arts 413
Phone: 966-5519


Peter Hynes has a background in comparative literature and 18th-century studies, with particular interests in the epistolary novel, sentimental drama, and the work of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Lately his teaching and research focus has expanded to include contemporary fantasy and science fiction. He has published articles on Richardson and on eighteenth-century drama. Current writing includes essays on Diderot, Frances Brooke, and Ursula K. Le Guin.


"Sophia Lee and the genre serieux." Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 33 (2010): 37-47. 

"Richard Steele and the Genealogy of Sentimental Drama: A Reading of The Conscious Lovers." PLL 40 (2004): 142-66.

 "Against Theory? Knowledge and Action in Wycherley's Plays." Literature Criticism 1400-1800 102 (2004): 126-39.
"Exchange and Excess in Lillo's London Merchant." UTQ 72 (2003): 679-97.