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

You Can Do What with a (Spanish) Degree?

His first step was to enroll in physician’s assistant school at Baylor’s College of Medicine, a career trajectory to which he had aspired since his early childhood. Nowadays, Jonathan Cunningham, BA ’17, is dedicated to the vocational pursuit of comfort and healing at MD Anderson in Houston, among the largest cancer treatment centers in the U.S., where he was once a chemotherapy patient himself.

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History Alumnus Heads National Catholic Bioethics Center

During his Rome semester in 1991, Joseph Meaney, BA '93, with his friends (now Father) Kevin Cook, BA '94, and (now Texas State Representative and UD Trustee) Tan Parker, BA '93, attended a private Mass with Pope St. John Paul II. Several weeks earlier, they had hand-delivered a letter to the Swiss Guards outside St. Peter's requesting the Mass and including their contact information; at last, they'd received the phone call instructing them to be at the Bronze Gates at 5 a.m.

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