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

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


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



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.


"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.


Politics Major Empowers Youth, Shares Story Through Theater

Although she herself is not able to vote, Liz Magallanes, BA '18, works to make voting possible for other people. She first got involved with the organization Mi Familia Vota in 2014 and has been contributing to their endeavors ever since, including working with high school students in Dallas ISD. Additionally, she recently had a role in the play "Deferred Action."

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Transfer Students (Re)discover Home at UD

Once friends at John Paul II High School in Plano, Texas, Stephanie Lobo, BA ’18, and Rebecca Luna, BA ’19, can both remember the moments they set their horizons on transferring to the University of Dallas. Though their paths diverged briefly following high school, their friendship is now reunited on our university’s Irving campus.

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