Medieval Studies

Medieval Studies Medieval Studies

David L. Cooper PhD

Associate Professor of Medieval Studies,Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies,Slavic Languages and Literatures,Center for Translation Studies, and Center for Global Studies

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Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Czech literature
  • Forgery and mystification
  • History of translation
  • Russian literature
  • Nationalism in literature


  • National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, Title VIII National Research Competition Grant


  • SLAV 430 History of Translation
  • SLAV 452 Eastern Europe and EU Integration
  • SLAV 576 Methods in Slavic Grad Study
  • RUSS 511 Russian Literature 1800-1855
  • SLAV 477 Post-communist Fiction
  • SLAV 120 Russian & E Euro Folktales

Office Hours

  • MW 11-12, or by appt.



  • Creating the Nation: Identity and Aesthetics in Early Nineteenth-century Russia and Bohemia. . DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2010.

Book Contributions

  • "The Classical Form of the Nation: The Convergence of Greek and Folk Forms in Czech and Russian Literature in the 1810s." The Voice of the People: Writing the European Folk Revival, 1761-1900. . Ed. Michael Perraudin and Matthew Campbell. London: Anthem Press, 2012.

  • "Vasilii Zhukovskii as a Translator and the Protean Russian Nation." Contexts, Subtexts, and Pretexts: Literary Translation in Eastern Europe and Russia. . 2011.

  • "The Rukopis Královédvorský and the Formation of Czech National Literary History." Between Texts, Languages, and Cultures: A Festschrift for Michael Henry Heim. . Ed. Craig Cravens, Masako U. Fidler, and Susan C. Kresin. Bloomington, IN: Slavica, 2008. 157-67.

Edited Books

  • The Queen's Court and Green Mountain Manuscripts, With Other Forgeries of the Czech Revival. . Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Publications, 2018.

  • Traditional Slovak Folktales; Collected by Pavol Dobšinský. . 2001.

Journal Articles

  • "Two Purportedly Medieval Czech Poems." Delos: A Journal of Translation and World Literature 33.1 (2018): 75-89.
  • "Padělky jako romantická forma autorství: Rukopisy královédvorský a zelenohorský ze srovnávací perspektivy ." Česká literatura (2012): 26-44.
  • "Competing Languages of Czech Nation-Building: Jan Kollár and the Melodiousness of Czech." Slavic Review 67.2 (2008): 301–20.
  • "Narodnost' avant la lettre? Andrei Turgenev, Aleksei Merzliakov, and the National Turn in Russian Criticism." Slavic and East European Journal 52.3 (2008): 351–69.
  • "Vasilii Zhukovskii as a Translator and the Protean Russian Nation." Russian Review 66.2 (2007): 185–203.

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