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John C. O'Neal


John C. O'Neal
John C. O'Neal

Professor of French Emeritus (retired)

John O’Neal came to Hamilton in 1984 after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University, his master’s degree from Middlebury College and his doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles. Having written extensively in French and English about 18th-century French literature and thought, his most recent book is The Progressive Poetics of Confusion in the French Enlightenment (2011). Professor O’Neal directed the Hamilton in France program six times. He was named a knight in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of the French Academic Palms) in 1998 and recently was promoted to commandeur, the highest rank in this order founded by Napoleon. 

Appointed to the Faculty: 1984

Educational Background

Ph.D.,University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., Middlebury College
B.A., Washington and Lee University

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