Robyn Cope specializes in Francophone Caribbean literature and culture. She has published articles and presented research on a variety of Caribbean women writers including Edwidge Danticat and Maryse Condé as well as Reunionese writer Axel Gauvin. Her current monograph project is a comparative study of the past quarter century of Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean culinary fiction. The Pen and the Pan: Engendering Caribbean Psychic Liberation investigates the genre’s potential for identifying unseen forms of homegrown Afro- and Indo-Caribbean feminist response and for advocating for coalitional Caribbean feminism(s).
Cope’s teaching specialties include literatures of migration, including questions of authenticity, assimilation, and the quest for individual self-actualization; and post-colonial literatures, including the legacy of racialized slavery, forms of neocolonialism, and the continuing human liberation project.
Cope is the advisor to French minors and the organizer of the “Taste of the French Caribbean” annual open music and culinary event, hosted by CIW.
- BA, Miami University of Ohio
- M.Ed, Xavier University
- PhD, Florida State University