Rhetoric/Politics/ Ethics

Published Books (Monograph)

Humanism, Capitalism and Rhetoric in Early Modern England: The Separation of the Citizen from the Self (ARC Medieval Press, 2022).

Entre Ensayos y performatividad: Los estudios del performance y la Política de la práctica. Traducción: Maria del Carmen Palau, Álvaro Hernández, Francisco Ramos, María Teresa García, Sonia Castillo Ballen. (Facultad de Artes -ASAB, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, 2021). Translation and Reprints of six essays on performantivity, practice and politics.

Politics of Practice: A Rhetoric of Performativity, pp. 278 (London and New York: Palgrave, 2019).

Negotiating Shakespeare’s Language in ‘Romeo and Juliet’: Approaches to Reading from Criticism, Editing and the Stage (Ashgate Publishers, 2009), pp. 242. With Peter Lichtenfels.

Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare. A new scholarly edition. (Peter Lichtenfels, co-editor). (Ashgate Publishers, 2009), pp. 693, and romeoandjulietedition.com.

The Letters of Dorothy Moore 1640-1660: The Friendships, Marriage and Intellectual Life of a Seventeenth-Century Woman ed, with introductory essay, pp.1-42 (Ashgate, 2004), pp. 214.

Critiques of Knowing: Situated Textualities in Science, Computing and the Arts (London: Routledge, 1999), pp. 238.

Modern Allegory and Fantasy (London: Macmillan, 1989), pp. 215.

George Orwell, The Search for a Voice. (Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 1984), pp. 242.

Rhetorical Stance, Allegories of Love and Death (London: MacMillan, 1984), pp. 39.

Co-authored Books

Creative Writing Strategies for English Studies (Leeds: University of Leeds, 1996), pp. 112. With Rebecca O’Rourke.

Edited Books

Co-Presence with the Camera eds Lynette Hunter, Alex Lichtenfels, Heather Nolan, John Zibell, special issue on Practice as Research in Filmmaking, with Performance Matters  6:1 (June 2020).

Affective Ecologies: Performativity and Sociosituated Embodiment/ Ecologías afectivas: Performatividad y Corporalizaciones sociosituadas, eds Alvaro Hernandez, Lynette Hunter, Juan Cajigas Rotundo. Full issue for Colombian journal Corpo-graphia Volume 6 (October 2018).

Shakespeare, Language and the Stage: The Fifth Wall, Issues in Practice and Criticism, eds Lynette Hunter and Peter Lichtenfels (London: Thomson Publications, 2005), pp. 192.

Reading Shakespeare’s Dramatic Language, eds. L. Hunter with S. Adamson et al. (Thomson Educational, 2000), pp. 321. Reprinted 2003.

Transversal Politics, Special issue of Soundings: A journal of politics and culture No. 12, eds C. Cockburn and L. Hunter (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1999), pp. 192.

Towards a Definition of Topos, ed. L. Hunter (London: MacMillan, 1979), pp. 231.

Digitised Publications

The Letters of Dorothy Moore 1640-1660 Arts and Humanities Database Services (2007)


‘Trying not to be a Tragic Subject: Work by First Nations Writer Lee Maracle’
1995: Universite de Rennes II (France), Conference Autobiographie/Autobiography
1996: University of Nottingham (UK), Conference of the British Association for Canadian Studies (Literature).

‘Cooking the Books: Reading Canadian Women’s Writing’
1996: Oviedo Universidad (Spain), Conference of the European Association for Commonwealth Studies; Calgary University (Canada), Visiting Professor; Trent University, Temagami (Canada), The Idea of North Conference; University of Leeds (UK). Theatre Worshop Graduate Studies.
1997: Beilingries (Germany), Conference of the German Association for Canadian Studies.
2001: Warsaw University (Poland).

‘Bodies in Trouble’
1997: University of Leeds (UK), Conference Women and Texts/ Les Femmes et les Textes.

‘Face-Work: Coming to the End of the Line. A Study in the Poetry of Frank Davey.
1999: University of Leeds (UK), Revisions of Canadian Literature Conference.
2000: University of Leeds (UK), Theatre Workshop Graduate Studies.

‘The Face, the Mask and Classical Tragedy in the Household: The Rhetoric of Masking in Recent Work by Alice Munro.
2003: Université d’Orléans (France) Alice Munro: L’Écriture du Secret; University of Birmingham (UK) American and Canadian Studies special lecture.
2005: University of California Davis, Arts and Humanities faculty presentation.

‘Roget Falls in Love: How Analytical Thought Stops you Thinking (Crossing Margaret Atwood with bpNichol)’
2007: University of Birmingham (UK), Beyond the Book conference.

Radio Perfomances

Auralia Salon (as primary speaker): on Politics of Practice, 2020

Journal of Martial Arts (as primary speaker): ‘On using the word ‘martial’’, 2021


2020 June: Keynote Series ‘Sociosituated and Sociocultural: rhetorics of Performativity’, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas (UDFJC) Faculty of Arts (Academia Superior de Artes de Bogota – ASAB)


‘Prescience and Resilience in George Orwell’s Political Aesthetics’ in eds. T. Cushman and J. Rodden, George Orwell: Into the Twenty-First Century, (Paradigm Publications, 2005), pp. 229-42.

‘Women in Science in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries’ in ed. J. Zinsser Men, Women, and the Birthing of Modern Science, (Northern Illinois University Press, 2005), pp. 123-40.

‘The Inédit in writing by Nicole Brossard: Breathing the skin of language’ in ed. L. Forsyth, Nicole Brossard: Essays on her works, (Montreal, Guernica, 2005), pp. 209-38.

‘Video Cicero: The Problem of Peace for Modern Political Rhetoric’, in eds. C. Reid and M. Edwards, Oratory in Action, (Manchester University Press, 2004), pp. 186-209.

‘Unruly Fugues’, in ed. P. Bowman, Interrogating Cultural Studies: Theory, Politics and Practice, (London: Routledge, 2003), pp. 233-252.

A History of the Book in Britain, (Cambridge University Press, 2002), pp. 514-32.

‘Persuasion’, in eds. L. Hunter, Ann Thompson et al., Reading Shakespeare’s Dramatic Language, (London: Thomson Educational, 2000), pp. 113-129. Part 1 and Part 2.

‘Food and Cookery Books, 1475-1700’, Oxford Companion to Food, ed. A. Davidson, (Oxford University Press, 1999), 3pp.

‘Civic Rhetoric, 1560-1640’, Sir Thomas Gresham and Gresham College, ed. Francis Ames-Lewis (Aldershot: Ashgate, 1999).

‘Feminist Thoughts on Rhetoric’, in eds. C.M. Sutherland and R. Sutcliffe, The Changing Tradition: Women in the History of Rhetoric, (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 1999), pp. 237-248.

‘Introduction: Transversal Politics and Translating Practices’, with Cynthia Cockburn, in eds. C. Cockburn and L. Hunter, ;Transversal Politics, (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1999), pp. 88-93.

‘The Values of Community Writing’, with Rebecca O’Rourke, in eds. C. Cockburn and L. Hunter, Transversal Politics, (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1999), pp. 144-152.

‘Animal Farm: Satire into Allegory’, in ed. G. Holderness, B. Loughrey and N. Yousaf, George Orwell (London: Macmillan, 1998).

‘“That Will Never Do”: Public History and Private Memory in Nineteen Eighty-Four and The Handmaid’s Tale’, in ed. Marta Dvorak, The Handmaid’s Tale: Margaret Atwood (Paris: Ellipses, 1998), pp. 19-29.

‘Standpoint Theory Approaches to Recent Canadian Autobiographical Text’, in ed. M. Dvorak, Autobiographies (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 1997), pp. 67-76.

‘George Orwell’s blood and marmelade: Nation state ideology in a print society’, in eds. S. Matthews and K. Williams, Re-Writing the Thirties: Modernism and After (Harlow: Addison, Wesley, Longman, 1997), pp. 202-216.

‘Introduction’, in eds. L. Hunter and C. A. Howells, Narrative Strategies in Canadian Literature (Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 1991), pp. 1-10.

‘Preface’, pp. viii-xviii, in ed. L. Hunter, Toward a definition for Topos (London: Macmillan, 1991).

‘Writing, Literature and Ideology’, in eds. P. Easingwood, K. Gross and W. Kloos, Probing Canadian Culture, (AV-Verlag, 1991), pp. 52-64.

‘McLuhan’s From Cliche to Archetype: or There’s Nothing New Under the Sun’, in ed. L. Hunter, Toward a Definition for Topos (London: Macmillan, 1991), pp. 199-227.


‘Attending to the Glitch: Rabih Mroué in interview with Lynette Hunter’, Alex Lichtenfels et al eds, Co-Presence with a Camera, Performance Matters 6:1 (June, 2020) 211-32.

‘Editors Preface’, Lynette Hunter, Alex Lichtenfels, Heather Nolan, John Zibell eds, Co-Presence with a Camera, Performance Matters 6:1 (June, 2020) 1-3.

‘Not-Saying What you Mean: Laurent Pernot, L’Art du Sous-Entendu, Paris: Fayard, 2018’ in Advances in the History of Rhetoric 2019 

‘Affective Politics in Álvaro Hernández’ Chairs….’, trans. Alvaro Hernandez. Corpo-Graphias 6 (October, 2018) 16-36.

‘Friendship, Temperance and the Probable’ Rhetorica, 35:2 (2017) 189-227.

‘Being in-between: Performance studies and processes for sustaining interdisciplinarity’, Cogent Arts & Humanities (Taylor and Francis, 2015), 2: 1124481. pp.1-15.

‘Daphne Marlatt’s Poetics: What is an Honest Man? and Can There Be an Honest Woman?’, Open Letter 12:8 (Winter 2006), pp. 143-68.

‘Equality and Difference: Storytelling in Nunavut, 2000’, International Journal of Canadian Studies, (Fall 2005), pp. 51-81.

‘Echolocation, Figuration and Tellings: Rhetorical strategies in Romeo and Juliet, Language and Poetry, 14:3 (July 2005), pp. 259-78.

‘The Rhetoric and Reality of Codes’, The New Academy Review, 1:1 (Spring 2002), pp. 29-36.

‘Listening to Situated Textuality: Working on Differentiated Public Voices’, Feminist Theory, Special Issue: Gendering Ethics/ The Ethics of Gender, eds L. Hogan and S. Roseneil, 2:2 (August 2001), pp. 205-218.

‘Considering Issues of Rhetoric and Violence’, parallax, 14 (April-June 2000), pp. 2-8.

‘Introduction to Critiques of Knowing’, parallax, 5:2 (1999), pp. 121-127.

‘The Socialisation of Context : Methodologies for Hypertext’, History and Computing 10:1-3 (1999), pp. 124-131.

‘Learning to Read Writing from Non-Ruling Relations of Power’, Zeitschrift fur Kanada-Studien, 18:1, eds. U. Kempf and R. Nischik (Augsburg: Verlag Dr. Wisner, 1998), pp. 114-128.

‘Ideology as the Ethos of the Nation State’, Rhetorica XIV:2 (Spring, 1996), pp. 197-229.

‘Artificial Intelligence and Representation: Problems of Legitimation’, Artificial Intelligence and Society, 7 (1993), pp. 185-207.

‘After Modernism, Alternative Voices: D. Brand, C. Harris, M. Philip’, University of Toronto Quarterly, 62:2 (1992/3), pp. 256-281.

‘Recognitions: Chaos, Consolation and Choice’, Rhetorica, IX:1, (Winter 1991), pp. 93-100.

‘Remember Frankenstein: Rhetoric and Artificial Intelligence’, Rhetorica, IX:4 (Autumn 1991) pp. 35-57.

‘Fact-Information-Data-Knowledge’, Journal of Literary and Linguistic Computing 5:1 (1990), pp. 49-57.

‘Cookery Books: A Cabinet of Rare Devices and Conceits’, Petits Propos Culinaires, (May 1980), pp. 19-34.


‘The McGill Allegory Project’, McGill University, (1986-1990)

Organisation of Major Conferences

1986: ‘Topos, Commonplace and Cliche’, for the International Society for the History of Rhetoric, British Section.

1989-1991: Co-organised the Biennial Conference of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric, Baltimore Maryland.

1990: ‘Rhetoric and Discourse’, University of Leeds.

1992: ‘Difference and Community: Canada and Europe 1992’, University of Leeds.

1997: British Society for the History of Rhetoric conference, ‘Rhetorical play: Truth or Deceit in Renaissance Rhetoric’, Leeds.

1998: Co-organised Joint Conference between British Society for the History of Rhetoric and PARLA, ‘Politics, Rhetoric and the Media’, Leeds.

2001: ‘Verbal Inter Visual: Poetry and Art’, Gresham College, Birkbeck University of London, and Central Saint Martin’s College of Art, London.

2002: ‘Shakespeare and Language: the Fifth Wall’, The London Globe Theatre, International Conference on Directing, Acting, Criticism, Scholarship and Language.

Major Invitations: Externally Funded Keynotes and Plenaries

2008: Keynote lecture series ‘Visual Arts in a Deliberative Democracy’, Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, Spannocchia, Italy.

2007: Keynote lecture series ‘Situated Aesthetics: the Particular and the Collaborative’, Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, Spannochia, Italy.

2005: ‘What is an Honest Man, and Can there be an Honest Woman?’, plenary to the conference Poetics and Public Culture in Canada, University of Western Ontario.

2004: ‘Shakespeare: the Critic and Theatre Practice’, presentation to NEH lecture series at Globe Theatre, London.

2003: ‘George Orwell: Writing as Prescience and Resilience’ for The Orwell Centenary conference, Wellesley College, Massachusetts.

2001: ‘Shakespeare, Rhetoric and Politics’, panel session with Professors Katie Wales and Peter Mack at the London Globe Theatre, London season ‘Shakespeare, Gresham and the City’.

2001: Invited as guest participant to the International Association of Philosophy and Technology Conference held at the University of Aberdeen, to speak on a panel dedicated to my Work on Computing, Science and Philosophy.

2001: ‘Difference as Equality: Storytelling in/of Nunavut, keynote to the London Conference on Canadian Studies, University of London.

2000: ‘Legitimising Differentiated Public Voices’, keynote to the International Conference on Ethics and Gender, University of Leeds.

1998: ‘Anecdotal Evidence as Scientific Knowledge’, plenary to the Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ottawa, Canada.

1997: ‘Feminist Thoughts on Rhetoric’, invited lecture to the International Society for the History of Rhetoric, Saskatoon, Canada.

1997: ‘The Relation of Voices from Non-Ruling Ideology to Globalisation’, plenary to the German Association for Canadian Studies, Beilingries.

1996: Invited as the Dalhousie University Visiting Professor in Women’s Studies, lecturing on ‘Reading Canadian Women’s Writing’, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.

1992: ‘Implications of the Classical Paradigm of Ethos for a Mass Audience’, plenary to the International Society for the History of Rhetoric, Turin.

1991: ‘Rhetoric and Modern Science’, plenary debate in the Folger Library, Washington, for the International Society for the History of Rhetoric.

1990: ‘Rhetoric and Artificial Intelligence’, keynote to University of Durham, International public lecture series on Rhetoric.

1988: ‘Remnants of Classical Rhetoric in Modern Science’, plenary to the International Society for the History of Rhetoric, Gottingen, Germany.

Papers Delivered at Conferences

1978: Guest lecturer at Stirling University, speaking on ‘Fantasy and Allegory in Modern Literature.

1982:‘A Rhetoric of Literary Criticism’, to the symposium of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric, Edinburgh.

1982: ‘Negative rhetorical stance in twentieth century politics and literature’, to the Glasgow University Seminar on Literary History and Criticism.

1983: Guest lecturer at Napier College, Edinburgh, speaking on ‘Literary rhetoric of modern science’

1985: ‘Orwell: Right or Left’, to the International Society for the History of Rhetoric, St. John’s College, Oxford.

1986: ‘McLuhan’s Cliche to Archetype, or There’s Nothing New Under the Sun’, to the Conference of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric, British Section, University of Leeds.

1987: ‘Genre and Stance’, to the Rhetoric Section of the Canadian Learned Societies meeting, Hamilton, Ontario.

1987: ‘Rhetoric and the History of Fantasy and Allegory’, to the International Society for the History of Rhetoric, Tours, France.

1989: ‘Science and Rhetoric’ to the International Society for the History of Rhetoric, Gottingen, Germany.

1989: ‘Fact, Information, Data, Knowledge’ to the Conference ‘Computers in the Teaching of Language and Literature’ at Sheffield Polytechnic.

1990: ‘Post-Renaissance Rhetoric’ to a conference on Rhetoric and Discourse at the University of Leeds.

1992: ‘Dorothy Moore: Rational and Prophetic Rhetoric in the Seventeenth Century’, to the Women’s Voices Conference, Liverpool University.

1993: ‘Nation State Ideology in Canadian Literary Culture: Generic and Linguistic Strategies for New Common Ground’ to the British Association of Canadian Studies, Cambridge.

1993: ‘Ideology and the Ethos of the Nation State’, to the Canadian Society for the History of Rhetoric, Ottawa.

1994: ‘Rhetoric and Contemporary Ideology’, to the British Society for the History of Rhetoric, Warwick.

1994: ‘Blood and Marmalade: Orwell and the Nation State’, to the conference Re‑writing the Thirties, Leeds.

1995: ‘Standpoint Theory and Recent Autobiographical Writing’, conference on Autobiography, Rennes.

1995: ‘Stability and Regulation in the Ethos of the Nation State’, International Society for the History of Rhetoric, Edinburgh.

1996: (University of Calgary Fellowship Lecture) ‘A Domestic Critique of Western Metaphysics’, Calgary University, Canada.

1996: ‘Women’s Studies: Writing and Reading’, Acadia University, Wolfville, Canada.

1997: ‘Figures and Tropes: the Border Between Grammar and Rhetoric’, discussion chaired by J.J. Murphy, Henry Sweet Society Colloquium, University of Luton.

1998: ‘Paradox in Romeo and Juliet’, Cambridge University.

1998: ‘The Problem with the Feminist Studies of Science and its Gesture to the Arts’, History of Philosophy Seminar, University of Leeds.

1999: ‘Civic Rhetoric and Democracy in Early Modern England’, to the Biennial Conference of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric, Amsterdam.

1999: ‘Rhetoric and Modern Politics’, to the Conference ‘Oratory’, Queen Mary and Westfield, University of London.

2000: ‘Writing Ethics Codes’, for the Seminar ‘Codes of Ethics for Corporate Social Responsibility’, Gresham College.

2000: ‘The Eye, the Mouth, the Heart as Guarantors of Trust in Macbeth’, to the Shakespeare Association of America, Montreal.

2000: ‘Interdisciplinarity and the University’, to the International Society for the History of Rhetoric, University of Krakow.

2001: ‘Concepts of the Friend in the Early Sixteenth-Century’, to the International Society for the History of Rhetoric, University of Warsaw.

2001: ‘Storytelling in/of Nunavut’, to ‘Storytelling in the Americas’, Brock University.

2001: ‘The Rhetoric and Reality of Codes’ to an ESRC conference on Governance and Codes, with the University of Wales and RespectLondon.

2002: ‘Aural/Oral Rhetoric and Acting’, Two-part exploration of rhetoric and acting at the Globe Theatre London, with the Winter Players (50%)

2002: ‘Rhetorics of Friendship in the Sixteenth Century’, to Middlesex University Renaissance Society.

2002: ‘Difference as Equality’, to University of Manitoba, Native Studies Department.

2005: ‘The Address to the Reader in Sixteenth-Century Letters’, International Society for the History of Rhetoric, University of Southern California.

2005: ‘Situated Knowledge and Deliberative Democratic strategies: the Buddhist Poetry of Dapne Marlatt’, American Society for Canadian Studies, Saint Louis Missouri.

2008: ‘Internationalism, Representation and the G-SAs’, UCMRG International Performance and Culture, Arrowhead, UCLA.

2013: ‘Erasmus and a Rhetoric of Democracy: Sermo Rhetoric and Early-modern Politics’, to the Early Modern Research Cluster, UC Davis.

Related Experience

1982: Organised part of the conference of the International Society for History of Rhetoric at the University of Edinburgh.

1987: Elected to the Council of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric.

1989: Organised session on ‘Rhetoric and its Relation to contemporary theories of communication and discourse analysis’, for the biennial conference of the International society for the History of Rhetoric, Gottingen.

1991: Organised reading by Scottish poet and playwright Liz Lochhead.

1991: Organised sessions on ‘Rhetoric and Gender’ for the biennial conference of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric, Baltimore.

2001: Organised and participated in plenary session on ‘Rhetorical Figures in Science’ to discuss the work of Jeanne Fahnestock, for the International Society for the History of Rhetoric, Warsaw.