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Lynne HufferSamuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy


Lynne Huffer is a Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor at Emory University. She holds a PhD in French Literature from the University of Michigan (1989) and has taught at Yale (1989-1998) and Rice (1998-2005) Universities. Her published work is widely cited and reviewed, and she is frequently invited to speak at both academic and non-academic venues. She has won four major teaching prizes at Emory and Rice Universities, as well as the Modern Languages Association Florence Howe Award for feminist scholarship in English (2011).

She is the author of five books. These include a trilogy on Foucault’s ethics of eros, Foucault’s Strange Eros (2020), Are the Lips a Grave? (2013), and Mad for Foucault (2010); and two other books on feminist theory, Maternal Pasts, Feminist Futures (1998); and Another Colette (1992).

She has published articles on the Anthropocene, autotheory, Foucault, feminist theory, queer theory, and ethics. Her personal essays and creative nonfiction have appeared in Wild Iris Review, Blue Lake Review, Forge, Cadillac Cicatrix, Dos Passos Review, Eleven Eleven, Passager, The Rambler, Rio Grande Review, Southern California Review, Sou'wester, and Talking River Review.

She has had writer's residencies at the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Saratoga, Wyoming, Hambidge Center in Dillard, GA, and the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. She also co-produced, with Chicago artist Jennifer Yorke, a limited edition collaborative artists book, Wading Pool, available through Vamp and Tramp Booksellers.

She is currently working on a book-length investigation of the Anthropocene, Respite: 99 Anthropocene Fragments.

For a recent interview about her work, see the APA blog “Genealogies of Philosophy” in two parts:


Feminist Theory | Queer Theory | Foucault | Environmental Humanities | Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Modern French and Francophone Literature | Literary Theory | Ethics

Recent Publications

Foucault’s Strange Eros, Columbia University Press, 2020.

“Respite: 12 Anthropocene Fragments.”Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory76.1 (Spring 2020): 167-196. Special issue on Autotheory, ed. Robyn Wiegman.

“Foucault’s Rhythmic Hand.”Archives of Infamy: Foucault on State Power in the Lives of Ordinary Citizens. Ed. Nancy Luxon. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2019, 341-357.