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“Shakespeare and The Canterbury Tales: The Case of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

September 9, 2008 CAC Forum 4:30 pm

Press Release: Distinguished English Scholar to Discuss ‘Shakespeare and The Canterbury Tales’ at Washington College

Helen Cooper is at the forefront of scholars when it comes to Chaucer and the medieval ages. Her list of achievements include being the first woman fellow at University College and currently teaching as the Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English at the University of Cambridge (a post originally created for C.S. Lewis). Professor Cooper is interested in the continuity of literature across the Middle Ages and Renaissance. She is the author of The English Romance in Time: Transforming Motifs from Geoffrey of Monmouth to the Death of Shakespeare (her latest book, and the theme of her Washington College presentation) and A Chaucerian Year among countless other publications.

Praise for Helen Cooper:

“Cooper’s range is impressively wide; she wears her learning lightly, and sprinkles her arguments with delightful asides.”—Times Literary Supplement

“Cooper has produced a definitive study of the English romance through the age of Shakespeare.”—Choice

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Learn More about Professor Helen Cooper at Magdalene College in Cambridge.

English departmental chair, Dr. Moncrief, discusses Shakespeare with Helen Cooper

Helen cooper answers individual questions from students, faculty, and guests from the town after the lecture.

Helen Cooper listens to a recording of the lecture she has just given.

Helen Cooper takes the podium and begins her lecture.

Dr. Moncrief and Dr. Olsen welcome Helen Cooper to Washington College.