Helen Cooper (literary scholar)

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Helen Cooper is Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English at the University of Cambridge, and fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Helen Cooper studied at New Hall, Cambridge, graduating BA in 1968 and PhD in 1971. She was the first female fellow at University College, Oxford, in 1978. Before she accepted the position at the University of Cambridge, she was chair of the Oxford English faculty. In 2000, she received a two-year fellowship from the British Academy. In that period, she was also the president of the New Chaucer Society. Her research is in the continuity of literature across the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Her latest book is Shakespeare and the Medieval World, published in 2010 as part of the Arden Shakespeare series.


  • Cooper, H. (1978). Pastoral: Mediaeval into Renaissance. D. S. Brewer
  • Cooper, H. (1983). The Structure of the Canterbury Tales. Duckworth and University of Georgia Press
  • Cooper, H (1996) Oxford Guides to Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales, Oxford University Press.
  • Cooper, H. & Mapstone, S. (1997). The Long Fifteenth Century: Essays for Douglas Gray Counter-Romance: Civil Strife and Father-killing in the Prose Romances. Oxford University Press
  • Cooper, H. (1998). Sir Thomas Malory: Le Morte Darthur - Winchester Manuscript. Oxford University Press (Oxford World's Classics)
  • Cooper, H. (1999). The Four Last Things in Chaucer and Dante: Ugolino in the House of Rumour. New Medieval Literatures 3
  • Cooper, H. (2003). Chaucerian Representation; Chaucerian Poetics. In: New Readings of Chaucer's Poetry, ed. Robert G. Benson and Susan J. Ridyard, Chaucer Studies. D. S. Brewer
  • Cooper, H. (2004). Speaking for the Victim. In: Writing War: Medieval Literary Responses to Warfare, eds. Corinne Saunders, Francois Le Saux and Neil Wright. D. S. Brewer
  • Cooper, H. (2004). The English Romance in Time: Transforming Motifs from Geoffrey of Monmouth to the Death of Shakespeare. Oxford University Press
  • Cooper, H. (2010). Shakespeare and the Medieval World, Arden Companions to Shakespeare. A & C Black.

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