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Alvina Ruprecht is Associate Professor in the French Department. She obtained her PhD in French literature and theatre at the University of Ottawa(1992). Presently, her areas of research include the French language theatres of Quebec and the francophone countries with special emphasis on the Creole and French language theatres of Haiti and of the French departments of the Americas (D.O.M.) : la Guyane francaise, Martinique and Guadeloupe. She has taught at the Centre for Caribbean Studies and Research (CERC) at the Université des Antilles et de la Guyane (U.A.G.) and is currently involved in several research projects in the region: one concerning theatre archives in Guadeloupe and the other involves a cultural history of Martinique based on the trajectory of the Theatre de la Soif nouvelle,a company founded by Aimé Césaire. She is interested in theatre anthropology, in the relationship between Caribbean theatre and orality, postcolonial theatres and theatre history from the perspective of the performance process in all its textual corporeal and scenographic manifestations. Her research extends to theatres of the English and Spanish speaking Caribbean: Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad and and Saint Lucia.