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David Cooper

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Contact Information

2014 FLB
707 S Mathews Ave
M/C 173
Urbana, IL 61801

Research Areas

Associate Professor

Research Interests

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


National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Faculty Fellow 2020

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

Courses Taught

SLAV 525 Slavic Folklore
RUSS 220 Golden Age of Russian Literature
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

Additional Campus Affiliations

Head, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Associate Professor, Program in Medieval Studies
Associate Professor, European Union Center
Associate Professor, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Associate Professor, Russian, East European and Eurasian Center

Highlighted Publications

Cooper, D. L. (2012). Padělky jako romantická forma autorství: Rukopisy královédvorský a zelenohorský ze srovnávací perspektivy. Ceska Literatura, 60(1), 26-44.

Cooper, D. L. (2008). Competing languages of Czech nation-building: Jan Kollár and the melodiousness of Czech. Slavic Review, 67(2), 301-320.

Cooper, D. (2008). Narodnost' avant la lettre? Andrei Turgenev, Aleksei Merzliakov, and the National Turn in Russian Criticism. Slavic and East European Journal, 52(3), 351-69.

Cooper, D. L. (2007). Vasilii Zhukovskii as a translator and the Protean Russian nation. Russian Review, 66(2), 185-203.

Cooper, D. L. (2012). The classical form of the nation: The convergence of Greek and folk forms in Czech and Russian literature in the 1810s. In The Voice of the People: Writing the European Folk Revival, 1760-1914 (pp. 35-48). Anthem Press.

Cooper, D. (2008). The Rukopis Královédvorský and the Formation of Czech National Literary History. In C. Cravens, M. U. Fidler, & S. C. Kresin (Eds.), Between Texts, Languages, and Cultures: A Festschrift for Michael Henry Heim (pp. 157-67). Slavica.

Cooper, D. (2010). Creating the Nation: Identity and Aesthetics in Early Nineteenth-century Russia and Bohemia. (NIU Series in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies). Northern Illinois University Press.

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Recent Publications

Cooper, D. L. (2023). The Czech Manuscripts: Forgery, Translation, and National Myth. (NIU Series in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies). Northern Illinois University Press.

Cooper, D. L. (2019). Nový překlad Rukopisů královédvorského a zelenohorského do angličtiny. In D. Dobiáš (Ed.), Rukopisy královédvorský a zelenohorský: Studie z recepce v kultuře a umění (pp. 1437-47). Academia.

Cooper, D. L. (2019). Review: J. Kalik and A. Uchitel's Slavic Gods and Heroes. Slavic Review, 78(4), 1092-3.

Cooper, D. L. (2018). Review: T. Hlobil's Výuka dobrého vkusu jako státní zájem II: Závěr rané pražské univerzitní estetiky ve středoevropských souvislostech 1805-1848. Comparative Literature Studies, 50(2), 446-49.

Cooper, D. L. (Ed.) (2018). The Queen’s Court and Green Mountain Manuscripts, with Other Forgeries of the Czech Revival. (Czech Translation Series; Vol. 6). Michigan Slavic Publications.

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