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Valérie LoichotProfessorChair, Department of French and ItalianFaculty, Comparative Literature


Valérie Loichot is professor of French and English and core faculty in Comparative Literature. She obtained her Ph.D. In 1996 from Louisiana State University where she studied with Caribbean poet and theorist Edouard Glissant.

As an Americanist in the hemispheric sense of the word, she focuses on the literatures and cultures of the Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean and of the U.S. South. Loichot is the author of Orphan Narratives: The Postplantation Literatures of Faulkner, Glissant, Morrison, and Saint-John Perse (University of Virginia Press, New World Studies, 2007) and The Tropics Bite Back: Culinary Coups in Caribbean Literature (University of Minnesota Press, 2013).

She has also authored articles on Caribbean literature and culture, Southern literature, New Orleans, creolization theory, transatlantic studies, feminism and exile, and food studies published in journals including Callaloo, French Cultural Studies, Mississippi Quarterly, The French Review, The International Journal of Francophone Studies, and Small Axe. Her edited volume on Edouard Glissant (Entours d'Edouard Glissant) was published with La Revue des Sciences humaines (2013).

She is now completing a new book, Water Graves, which explores aesthetic ways of memorializing the desecrated drowned in the aftermath of the Middle Passage and Katrina. The book focuses on poetry, mixed media art, and underwater sculptures produced in the Caribbean and the US Gulf Coast.


  • Licence, Université de Franche-Comté, France
  • Maîtrise, Université de Franche-Comté, France
  • Ph.D., Louisiana State University