Professor Helen Cooper, Magdalene

Professor Helen Cooper


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Biographical Information:

Helen Cooper took her BA and PhD at New Hall, Cambridge, now Murray Edwards College, and held a Junior Research Fellowship there.  In 1978 she moved to University College, Oxford, as the first woman fellow in its history, to teach medieval and early modern literature.  She was the Editor for English Language and Literature for Medium Aevum for some years.  In 2004, she returned to Cambridge, to Magdalene College, as the Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English.

Research Interests:

Anglo-Norman and Middle English romance; the late fourteenth century, especially Chaucer; Chaucer's afterlife; the fifteenth century; connections between the Middle Ages and the early modern, especially in relation to Shakespeare and other drama, pastoral literature and romance.

Areas of Graduate Supervision:

Extensive supervision experience in medieval and early modern literature. Topics supervised in the past include both medieval and early modern romance, Chaucer, Gower, Lydgate, the printing of medieval canonical authors, the afterlife of the Classics, Spenser, Jonson, and sixteenth- and seventeenth-century pastoral. Contributes to teaching and/or supervision for the Medieval and Renaissance Literature MPhil. See:


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