S. P. Cooper holds a Ph.D. in English Literary and Cultural Studies, with a focus on the late mediæval period. His research is in Arthurian literature, especially the intersections between chivalry, kingship, and the Church. Most significant to his work have been Malory’s Le Morte Darthur and Tennyson’s Idylls of the King, along with medieval Arthurian sources including Of Arthour and of Merlin, the Stanzaic Morte Arthur, the Alliterative Morte Arthure, the Prose Merlin, the works of Gildas, Nennius, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Robert de Boron, Chrétien de Troyes, Marie de France, and the Lancelot-Grail cycle. He is the Vice-President of the International Courtly Literature Society-North American Branch.
Beyond his academic pursuits, Doctor Cooper is an accomplished pianist and organist. Formerly employed by the Archdiocese of Detroit as a music director in the early 2000s, he also taught piano, vocal, and music theory at Rochester-area academies including American Music, Deborah’s Stage Door, and Axis Music. His extracurricular interests include reading and writing poetry, attending performances of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Opera Theatre, and watching that greatest of all sports: Test Cricket.