Shawn Phillip Cooper
Assistant Professor of English
Department of English
- Ph.D., English Literature and Culture, Wayne State University
- M.A., English, Oakland University
- B.A., History and English, Oakland University
- Vice-President, International Courtly Literature Society (North American Branch)
- Member, International Arthurian Society
- Member, Modern Language Association
Publications / Presentations / Panels
- “Arthurian (Im)Piety.” Panel Organiser/Presider for the International Arthurian Society, 56th Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, 13-16 May 2021.
- “Impropriety and Notoriety in Courtly Society.” Panel Organiser/Presider for the International Courtly Literature Society, 56th Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, 13-16 May 2021.
- "All Our Yesterdays." North American Anglican (Spring 2020).
- "A Harvest Fable." Forma no. 13 (Winter 2020).
- "The Decline of Chivalry: Performative Courtliness in Malory’s Le Morte Darthur." In Courtly Pastimes, edited by Gloria Allaire. Forthcoming from Boydell & Brewer.
- "Green Things." Forma 10 (Spring 2019): 60-61.
- Chivalry and Governance in Malory’s Le Morte Darthur and Tennyson’s Idylls of the King. Ann Arbor, MI: ProQuest, 2019.
- “Belief and the Court.” Panel Organiser/Presider for the International Courtly Literature Society, 54th Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, 8-12 May 2019.
- "Malory's Morte Darthur: A Critique of Courtly Chivalry." XVth Congress of the International Courtly Literature Society, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 24-29 July 2016.
- "The Rewards of Virtue: Richardson’s Pamela and Sade’s Justine." Wayne State University Group for Early Modern Studies Symposium, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 19 April 2013.
I hold my Ph.D. in Literature and Culture, and the focus of my scholarship is primarily historical in nature, and centred upon the late mediæval period. My research is in Arthurian literature, especially the intersections between chivalry, kingship, and the Church. Most significant to my work have been Malory’s Le Morte Darthur and Tennyson’s Idylls of the King, which were together the topic of my dissertation, along with medieval Arthurian sources including Of Arthour and of Merlin, the Stanzaic Morte Arthur, the Alliterative Morte Arthure, the Prose Merlin, the works of Gildas, Nennius, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Robert de Boron, Chrétien de Troyes, Marie de France, and the Lancelot-Grail cycle.
Beyond my academic pursuits, I am an accomplished pianist and organist. Formerly employed by the Archdiocese of Detroit as a music director in the early 2000s, I also taught piano, vocal, and music theory at Rochester-area academies including American Music, Deborah’s Stage Door, and Axis Music. My extracurricular interests include reading and writing poetry, attending performances of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Opera Theatre, and watching that greatest of all sports: Test Cricket.