Dr. Robert Sapp

Associate Professor of French

Address: JC Long 415
E-mail: sappra@cofc.edu

Robert Sapp received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He specializes in contemporary Haitian literature and is an affiliate of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program. His general teaching and research interests deal with Francophone literature and film. His recent publications focus on the expression of the past in contemporary Haitian novels. Dr. Sapp is currently working on a research project that examines the figure of the ghost in contemporary Haitian novels as a means of engaging with Haitian history.


Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013


Selected Peer-Reviewed Articles

“At the Crossroads of History: Cohabitation of Past and Present in Kettly Mars’s L’Ange du patriarche” accepted to be part of an edited edition entitled Caribbean Crossroads: Women’s Space and Time Reimagined. Spring 2021

“Writing Against the Record: Emma’s Corporeal Archive” Journal of Haitian Studies, vol. 25, no. 2, 2019, pp. 239-258.

“Hearing Haunted Voices: Voicing the Past in Contemporary Haitian Fiction.” Women in French Studies, Special Issue, Volume 8, 2019, pp 225-235.

“American Disaster Stories: Unearthing Reality in Evelyne Trouillot’s Absences sans frontières.Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, vol. 23, no. 1, 2019, 75-85.

“Transmitting the Legacy of Créolité in Marie-Célie Agnant’s Le livre d’Emma.” The French Review. vol. 92 no. 4, 2019, pp 28-39. 

“The Talking Dead: Narrating the Past in Yanick Lahens’s Bain de lune.” Journal of Haitian Studies vol. 23, no. 1, 2017, pp. 119-134.

“Monuments and Shadows: Uncovering Haunted Histories in Myriam J. A. Chancy’s Spirit of HaitiJournal of West Indian Literature, vol. 25, no. 1, 2017, pp. 45-59.

“An American Haunting: Living with Ghosts in Catherine Mavrikakis’s Le Ciel de Bay CityNew Zealand Journal of French Studies, vol. 35, no. 2, 2014, pp.7-22.

“Linguistic Vagabondage: The Driving Force in Jacques Poulin’s Volkswagen Blues.”  Romance Notes vol. 48, no. 3, 2008, pp. 345-353.