Chair, Department of French and Italian.
Professor, French and English
Research Interests: Francophone studies; Caribbean literature and culture; literature of the Americas; postcolonial theory.
Office: N404B Callaway
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Orphan Narratives: The Postplantation Literatures of Faulkner, Glissant, Morrison, and Saint-John Perse (2007); The Tropics Bite Back: Culinary Coups in Caribbean Literature (2013, winner of the MLA Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies, 2015); and numerous essays on Caribbean literature and culture, Southern literature, creolization theory, transatlantic studies, feminism and exile, and food studies published in journals including Callaloo, Études francophones, French Cultural Studies, The French Review, The International Journal of Francophone Studies, Mississippi Quarterly, and Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform for Criticism, as well as several essays on Edouard Glissant, Edwidge Danticat, Derek Walcott, Octavia Butler, Lafcadio Hearn, Barack Obama.