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Gregory Roper, Ph.D.

Gregory Roper received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. In addition to his role as associate professor, he is also the current dean of students. 


  • 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, Medieval Drama
  • Critical Theory
  • Chaucer I and II
  • Gawain-poet
  • Creative Nonfiction

Research Interests

Gregory 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 published a book using ancient and medieval notions of imitation to help students write better entitled The Writer's Workshop. He also enjoys advising students about career plans and graduate school.

Selected Publications

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