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Lydia R . Cooper, MA, PhD

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Lydia Cooper

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College of Arts and Sciences
English
CRHL - Creighton Hall/Administration Building

Lydia R . Cooper, MA, PhD

Professor

Lydia R. Cooper is professor of 20th and 21st century American literature. Their specializations include Indigenous North American literature; western and southwestern literature; masculinity, gender, and queer studies; trauma and literature; and the environment and literature. 

Teaching Interests

  • contemporary American literature; Indigenous North American literature; western and southwestern literature; masculinity, gender, and queer studies; trauma and literature; and the environment and literature. 

Department

English

Position

Professor

Books

  • Palgrave Macmillan
    Masculinities in Literature of the American West
    Global Masculinities series. , p. 197 pp. 2016
  • The Cambridge Companion to Cormac McCarthy
    “Cormac McCarthy, Tennessee, and the Southern Gothic.”, p. 41-53 2013
  • Tyrus Books
    My Second Death 2013
  • Louisiana State University Press
    No More Heroes: Narrative Perspective and Morality in Cormac McCarthy.
    Southern Literary Studies series. , p. 200 pp. 2011

Presentations

  • “Straight Talk: Two-Spirit Erasure as the Price of Sovereignty in James Welch’s _The Heartsong of Charging Elk_.” 2016
  • “Straight Talk: Two-Spirit Erasure as the Price of Sovereignty in James Welch’s The Heartsong of Charging Elk.” Listening to Trauma: Second Washington Conference on Trauma. Washington, D.C. Oct. 21-23, 2016. 2016
  • “The Road and the Ango-Irish Gothic Tradition.” Crossroads and Transgressions: Cormac McCarthy Between Worlds. Annual International Cormac McCarthy Symposium. July 7-9, 2016. 2016
  • Keynote talk, “Outlaw Geography: Place and Masculinity in Ron Hansen’s Westerns.” You are Here: An Interdiscipinary Conference on Place, Space, and Embodiment. Creighton University. Omaha, NE. Undergraduate/Graduate conference put on by Creighton University MA in English program. 2016
  • “The Death of a Cross-Dressing Bear: Gender, Sex, and Violence on the Western Frontier in Blood Meridian.” Cormac McCarthy: Borders and Landscapes. University of Western Sydney. Sydney, Australia. July 23-25, 2014. Annual International Conference of the Cormac McCarthy Society. 2014
  • Faculty development participation as assistant director of the Honors Program at Creighton University. 9th Annual AJCU Honors Conference. Canisius College. Buffalo, NY. Feb. 14-15, 2014. Annual national conference of the AJCU Honors Programs. 2014
  • “Inside La Periquera: Prisons and Power in All the Pretty Horses.” Cormac McCarthy Society 20th Anniversary Conference. Berea, KY. Mar. 5-8, 2013. Annual national conference of the Cormac McCarthy Society. 2013
  • “The Un-Punishing of Anton Chigurh: Failures of Justice in McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men.” “Ernest Hemingway, Cormac McCarthy, and Their Traditions.” American Literature Association Symposium. New Orleans, LA. Oct. 4-6, 2012. Special meeting of the national American Literature Association. 2012
  • “Rethinking the National Catastrophe Narrative: Betrayal and Reconciliation in Alexie’s Flight.” Presentation at the Northeast Modern Language Association. Rochester, NY. March 15-18, 2012. Annual regional meeting of the Modern Language Association. 2012
  • “Sadistic Love: The Critique of Redemptive Violence in David Treuer’s The Hiawatha.” Presented at the College English Association Conference. San Antonio, TX. March 25-27, 2010. Annual national conference of the College English Association. 2010
  • “‘Woman Chasing Her God’: Ritual, Renewal, and Violence in Linda Hogan’s Power.” Presented at the Southern American Studies Association Conference. George Mason University. Feb. 12-15, 2009. Annual regional conference of the American Studies Association. 2009
  • ? “A Strange Beauty”: Heroism and Prophetic Narrative in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.” Presented at “In Search of the Peaceable Kingdom: Studies in the Literature of Conflict, Struggle and Hope.” The South Central Conference on Christianity and Literature. LeTourneau University. Feb. 21-22, 2008. Annual regional conference of the Christianity and Literature association. 2008
  • “The Evolution of the Trickster and Native Identity in Louise Erdrich’s Novels.” Presented at “The 7th Native American Symposium,” Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Nov. 1-3, 2007. Annual symposium. 2007
  • “Revealing Souls: Ethical Philosophy in Ishiguro’s Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go.” Presented at “Ishiguro and the International Novel” at Liverpool Hope University, U.K. June 1-2, 2007. Special international symposium. 2007
  • “The Graduate Student Association at Baylor University.” Panel presentation at The National Association of Graduate-Professional Students. South-Central Regional Conference at Columbia, University of Missouri. March 2-4, 2007. Regional professional conference. 2007
  • “Blood Redemption: A Linguistic Analysis of Subjectivity in Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses.” Presented at The Poetics and Linguistics Association Conference. New York University. July 25-28, 2004. Annual international conference. 2004
  • “Tricksters: Native Identity in Louise Erdrich’s Tracks.” Presented at the Conference of Community of College Teachers of English. University of Houston. March 6-8, 2004. Annual national conference. 2004

Awards

  • Charles G Cornelia Smith Award for Academic Excellence
  • Winner of the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges

Consulting

  • CCAS Summer Faculty Research Fellowship
    2012