Hanna Stouten lectured on Dutch literature of the Enlightenment at the University of Amsterdam. In 1982 she gained her doctorate in Nijmegen on the life and work of W.A. Ockerse (1760-1826). After her appointment as professor of Dutch literature at the Sorbonne in 1989, she turned her attention to the nineteenth and twentieth century as well. She was responsible along with Jaap Goedegebuure and Frits van Oostrom for Histoire de la littérature neerlandaise (1999).