Kevin Cope

Kevin L. Cope

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

210-J Allen Hall


Kevin L. Cope is the Robert and Rita Wetta Adams Professor of English Literature and is a Member of the Comparative Literature Faculty at Louisiana State University. The author of three books—Criteria of Certainty: Truth and Judgment in the English Enlightenment; John Locke Revisited; and In and After the Beginning: Inaugural Moments and Literary Institutions in the Long Eighteenth Century—Cope is also the author of a panoply of essays on topics ranging from mock-heroic verse to the Enlightenment-era aphorisms and on to the literature of American religious fundamentalism and even the role of social insects in literature. Cope created and continues to edit the annual journal, 1650–1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era while also serving as the General Editor of ECCB: The Eighteenth-Century Current Bibliography. His editorial credits include a large number of multi-author volumes addressing such topics as allegory; dialogue; the cultural legacy of George Washington; literary and artistic renderings of early science; sensationalism in the Enlightenment; and the status of eighteenth-century textual studies in an age of informational profusion. Most recently, he has co-edited a collection on intercultural adaptation during the Enlightenment, Citizens of the World: Adapting in the Eighteenth Century. He has also edited Enlightenment texts on such diverse topics as the Enlightenment controversy over miracles and the erotica of the eighteenth century. For ten years the President of the LSU Faculty Senate and for three years a member of the Governing Council of the American Association of University Professors, Cope enjoys a second career in the area of university governance and is a regular guest on radio, internet, and television talk shows.

Area(s) of Interest

Eighteenth-Century Studies; Seventeenth-Century Studies; Higher Education Management and Policy; Academic Labor Relation; Satire; Early-Modern to Modern Intellectual History; Literature and Science; Aphorisms; Popular Culture

Curriculum Vitae