Kevin Cope

Kevin L. Cope

Robert and Rita Wetta Adams Professor of English
Ph.D., Harvard University

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Kevin L. Cope is the Robert and Rita Wetta Adams Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Louisiana State University. His books include Criteria of Certainty: Truth and Judgment in the English Enlightenment (1990); John Locke Revisited (1999); and In and After the Beginning: Inaugural Moments and Literary Institutions in the Long Eighteenth Century (2007). He is the editor of Enlightening Allegory: Theory, Practice and Contexts of Allegory in the Late Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (1993), and Compendious Conversations: The Method of Dialogue in the Early Enlightenment (1992). He is the coeditor (with Robert C. Leitz, III) of Textual Studies and the Enlarged Eighteenth Century: Precision as Profusion, and coeditor (with Cedric D. Reverand, II) of An Expanding Universe: The Project of Eighteenth-Century Studies: Essays Commemorating the Career of Jim Springer Borck (2017, published by AMS Press). He is also the editor and founder of the annual 1650–1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era, as well as the emeritus editor of ECCB: The Eighteenth Century Current Bibliography. Cope served for ten years as President of the LSU Faculty Senate and of the LSU Council of Faculty Advisors. A former Member of the AAUP National Council, he is the Vice-President of the Association of Louisiana Faculty Senates. Cope is a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows owing to his expertise in higher education policy, management, administration, and finance.

Area(s) of Interest

Eighteenth-Century Studies, Seventeenth-Century Studies, Enlightenment Studies, Satire, Philosophy, Science, and Literature, Geology and Literature, Jokes and Joke Books of the Enlightenment, Maxims, Aphorisms, Adages, Proverbs, Advice, and Old Sayings, Higher Education Policy, Higher Education Management and Administration, Faculty Governance Organization and Unionization of Academic Labor Faculty, Retirement and Benefits

Curriculum Vitae