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Rachel McCoppin

Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education Department
(218) 281-8273

Associated Majors

Courses Currently Teaching

COMP 1011-008: Composition I

ENGL 1005-001: Intro to World Literature

ENGL 1005-E90: Intro to World Literature

ENGL 2001-E90: Intro to the Field of English

ENGL 3005-E90: Ancient to 17th Cent World Lit

HUM 1301-E90: Intro to Humanities

HUM 3310-E90: Culture and Technology

WRIT 3900-E90: Seminar Experience in English

WRIT 3994-E90: Undergrad Research in English

Research Interests

  • American Transcendentalism

  • Existentialism

  • Modernism

  • Pedagogy of Literature and Ethics

  • World Mythology

Selected Publications

  • "Personal Responsibility in Modern Literature" - Published in the Association for the Study of Ethical Behavior in Literature (ASEBL) Journal. 2010

  • “Salvation from Angst: Redefining Objective “Truth” for the Subjective “truth” of the Present Moment” - Published in the journal World Literary Review 2011

  • McCoppin, Rachel. “Spartacus’ Entrapment in the Underworld in Blood and Sand.” Ed. Michael Cornelius. In Progress – Tentatively published by McFarland Press, 2015.

  • McCoppin, Rachel. “Perverse Selves: Unwanted Impulses and Obsession in Poe.” In Press – Scheduled for publication in a collection on Poe, Ed. Gerry Del Guercio. Lehigh, PA: Lehigh University Press, 2015.

  • McCoppin, Rachel. “Jesus as Modern Metaphor in Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.” In Press - Scheduled to be published in Studies in the Literary Imagination, 46.2, 2014.

  • McCoppin, Rachel. “Confused Reality: The War Masks in Japanese Author, Hikaru Okuizumi’s The Stones Cry Out and Argentine Author, Jorge Luis Borges’ “The Garden of Forking Paths.’” Rupkatha: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, 5.3, 2013.

  • McCoppin, Rachel. “Composition Multiculturalism.” Real-Life Writers: Composition Courses as Pathways to Student Success. Eds. Lillian Craton and Renee Love. Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press, 2015.

  • McCoppin, Rachel. “An Odd Quest Continued: The Heroes of Tim Burton.” Tim Burton: Works, Characters, and Themes. Ed. Johnson Cheu. In Progress - Tentatively published by McFarland Press, 2015.

  • Jesus as Modern Metaphor in Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five” - Accepted for publication in the journal Studies in the Literary Imagination for its Fall issue (no. 46, vol. 2). 2012

  • “War, Children, and Altruism in J. D. Salinger’s Nine Stories” - Published in the journal Akedemeia 2011

  • “The Moral Path: Personal Responsibility and Altruism in the Works of Katherine Anne Porter” - Published in the journal The Journal of Texas Women Writers. 2009

  • “Sympathy for the Other: British Attempts at Understanding the American Indian" - Published in the journal Symbiosis 2010

  • “Spiritual Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Transcendentalism to Existentialism through Walt Whitman” - Published in a book entitled The Poetry of Walt Whitman: New Critical Perspectives edited by Kanwar Dinesh Singh and published by Atlantic Publishers. 2009

  • “Horrific Obsessions: Poe’s Legacy of the Unreliable Narrator” - Accepted for publication in a book entitled Adapting Poe: Re-Imaginings in International and Popular Culture, published by Palgrave Macmillan. 2012

  • "Sympathy for the Other: British Attempts at Understanding the American Indian" - in a book on Anti-Americanism in British Literature edited by Dr. Diana Archibald

  • “Extending Kenneth Burke and Multicultural Education: Being Actively Revised by the Other” co-authored with Dr. Mark Huglen - Published in a book entitled Humanistic critique of education: Teaching and Learning as Symbolic Action. 2010

  • “‘God Damn It, You’ve Got to be Kind:’ War and Altruism in the works of Kurt Vonnegut” - Published in a book entitled New Critical Essays on Kurt Vonnegut edited by David Simmons and published by Palgrave Macmillan. 2009

  • "Transcendental Legacies: Transcendental and Existential Tenets in Modernism and Postmodernism" in the journal Stirrings Still: The International Journal of Existential Literature Edited by Erik M. Grayson, Binghamton University

  • "Questioning Ethics: Incorporating the Novel into Ethics Courses" - in the book Teaching the Novel across the Curriculum, Edited by Colin Irvine, published by Greenwood Press

  • "Leaning on the North" - in the June/July 2007 issue of SIRR Magazine

  • "Existentialism in the Classroom: Practical Application to Nietzsche" - in the journal InterCulture, Issue 3

  • "Existential Endurance: Resolution from Accepting the 'Other' in J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace" - in the journal The International Journal of Existential Literature Edited by Erik M. Grayson, Binghamton University

  • "Creating American Literature" - in the journal Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice . Spring 2007, Vol. 2, Issue 2.

  • "Being Actively Revised by the Other: Opposition and Incorporation" - in the book Teaching Ideas for the Basic Communication Course , Vol. 10. Ed. Barbara Hugenberg and Lawrence Hugenberg. Dubuque , IA : Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company for the National Communication Association, 2006. Co-authored by McCoppin, Rachel, and Mark E. Huglen

  • McCoppin, Rachel. “Vonnegut and Postmodernism: A Review of Robert Tally’s Kurt Vonnegut and the American Novel: A Postmodern Iconography.” Studies in the Novel, 45.2, Summer 2013.

  • McCoppin, Rachel. “Using Fiction in the Application of Ethics.” Fiction as Research Practice. Ed. by Patricia Leavy. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 2013.

  • McCoppin, Rachel. “The Needed Underworld: Modern Reactions to Symbolic Death in Myth.” In Press - in a book collection entitled Mythology and Modern Women Poets: Analysis, Reflection & Teaching, Ed. Colleen Harris, to be published by McFarland Publishers, 2015.

Educational Background

  • B.A. in English from the University of Michigan - Flint, Flint, MI

  • M.A. in English from Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI

  • Ph.D. in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Professional Memberships

  • International Society of Romanticism

  • Michigan Academy

  • Modern Language Association (MLA)

In the News

February 14, 2023
An awards ceremony recognizing Johannesen and others will be held April 10, 2023 at the McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis.
November 15, 2017
Daija Williams, a senior at the University of Minnesota Crookston, never imagined herself going out of the country let alone two countries, but a study abroad trip last summer changed all that and she’s glad it did.
May 25, 2017
Students studying abroad in China have been from Beijing to Huangshan and on to Hangzhou.