Gregory Roper, Ph.D.

Department Chair & Associate Professor of English
Director of Shakespeare in Italy Program

Gregory Roper

Office: Braniff Graduate Building
Phone: 972-721-5345
E-Mail: roper@udallas.edu

Greg Roper, Ph.D. has interests in Middle English literature, rhetoric and composition, literary theory, and pedagogy. He has published essays on Medieval penitential manuals and their influence on late Medieval literature, on the Canterbury Tales, and on teaching survey courses and literary theory. He has recently published a book using ancient and medieval notions of imitation to help students write better, entitled The Writer's Workshop

Education

B.A. University of Dallas
M.A. University of Virginia
Ph.D. University of Virginia

 Recent Courses

  • Literary Tradition I, II, III, IV
  • Medieval Literature
  • Critical Theory
  • Chaucer
  • Gawain-poet
  • Creative Nonfiction

Scholarship

Books

The Writer's Workshop: Imitating Your Way to Better Writing. Wilmington, DE: ISI Books, 2007.

Academic Articles

"From Nothing to Being: Medieval Lyric and Poetic Form as Entelechy."  The Prospect of Lyric. Ed. Bainard Cowan. Dallas, Texas: The Dallas Institute Publications, 2012.
 
"Brighten the Corner Where You Are: How I Found A Way to Marry Teaching and Research and Just Maybe Be Happy." Studies In Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 11 (Fall 2003). (Special issue on tensions between teaching and research edited by Edward Risden.)

"Confessional Rhetoric in Chaucer's Last Tales:Fulfillment and Transformation," 13th Biennial Congress of the New Chaucer Society, Boulder, Colorado, July 19, 2002.

"The Problems With the Postmodern Performance of Penance." 40th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May, 2000.

"Dropping the Personae and Reforming the Self: The Parson's Tale and the End of The Canterbury Tales."Closure in The Canterbury Tales: The Role of the Parson's Tale. Ed. David Raybin and Linda Tarte Holley. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 2000.

"The Middle English Lyric 'I', Penitential Poetics, and Medieval Selfhood." Poetica: An International Journal of Linguistic-Literary Studies, 42 (1994): 71-103.

"Pearl, Penitence, and the Recovery of the Self." Chaucer Review 28 (1993): 164-186.

Poems

"Waiting in Advent." First Things 47 (November 1994): 8.

In Progress

Why Johnny (And Jenny) Can't Write--And What to Do About It. Monograph on the teaching of writing in American education.

News

UD in Service: Ph.D. Students Share 'Confessions' in South Irving

UD students not only read St. Augustine's Confessions in Rome, traveling to Ostia to marvel at the place in which, according to Book IX, St. Augustine and his mother, St. Monica, had a joint mystical vision of God -- they also travel 4.4 miles from the Irving campus to read the text with residents of South Irving.

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How to Build a Shortwave Radio

As you know if you’ve read even some of our first UD Reads book, "All the Light We Cannot See," it’s possible to build a radio from random, scavenged parts, as long as you can find the necessary random, scavenged parts, as Werner does in the book. This is also essentially what Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Physics Jacob Moldenhauer did as well: He scavenged parts from the Physics Department, and built a radio.

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Thomas S. Hibbs Appointed President of University of Dallas

The University of Dallas Board of Trustees announced today that it has unanimously selected Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA '82 MA '83, to serve as the university's ninth president. The first alumnus of UD to be president, Hibbs has served as dean of the Honors College and distinguished professor of ethics and culture at Baylor University since 2003.

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