Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures (French)
Specializing in French Caribbean literature, Professor Simek is the author of Eating Well, Reading Well: Maryse Condé and the Ethics of Interpretation. She has published articles on literary theory, parody, and trauma theory, and has co-edited volumes devoted to literary cannibalism (Feasting on Words: Maryse Condé, Cannibalism, and the Caribbean Text, Princeton: PLAS, 2006) and representations of trauma in French and Francophone literature (Dalhousie French Studies, Winter 2007). She is currently working on the deployment of irony in Antillean writing. Her wider research interests include the intersection of politics and literature in Caribbean fiction, trauma theory, and sociological approaches to literature. Professor Simek holds a B.A. and an M.A. in French from Case Western Reserve University, and received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2005.