Portrait of Dr Sara-Louise Cooper

Dr Sara-Louise Cooper

Lecturer in French


Dr Sara-Louise Cooper holds a BA in French and Russian (ab initio), an MSt in Modern Languages from Brasenose College, Oxford, and a DPhil from Oriel College, Oxford. 

Before coming to the University of Kent in September 2017, Sara-Louise was Stipendiary Lecturer in French at Oriel College, Hertford College and St John’s College, Oxford. 

Sara-Louise's virtual office hours take place on Wednesday 13.00-15.00.

Research interests

Sara-Louise's research looks at Caribbean literature in French, Russian émigré writing, conceptions of ‘world literature’ and literary expressions of memory and history. 

Her first book, Memory Across Borders, is a comparative study of the autobiographical writing of Vladimir Nabokov, Georges Perec and Patrick Chamoiseau, which offers a reflection on the role of migration and linguistic change in shaping 20th- and 21st-century approaches to memory. 

Her second book, Where Word Meets World, will investigate what it means to read and write in a globalised world through an examination of Caribbean writing in French. Where Word Meets World will draw out the intertwining of the historical, the ecological and the global in Caribbean writing in French. It will offer a view of ‘world literature’ as writing which engages with the material conditions of the emergence of a global world.   


Sara-Louise teaches French language and literature from the nineteenth century to the present day.

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