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Rachel McCoppin Rachel McCoppin, Ph.D.
Professor - Communication
UMC Liberal Arts & Education Department

Office: 207A Selvig Hall
Phone: 218-281-8273
Resume: pdf

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Literature
  • American Literature
  • World Literature
  • Critical Analysis of Ancient to 17th Century Literature
  • Critical Analysis of 18th Century to Contemporary Literature
  • Introduction to Humanities
  • Oral Interpretation and Performance Techniques
  • Communication Ethics
  • Composition I
  • Honors Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Honors Composition II
  • Writing In Your Profession

Research Interests: 

  • World Mythology
  • American Transcendentalism
  • Modernism
  • Existentialism
  • Pedagogy of Literature and Ethics

Membership in Professional Organizations:

  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • Michigan Academy
  • International Society of Romanticism

Selected Publications: 

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

  • 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. “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.

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

  • “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

  • 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

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

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

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

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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • "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

  • "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

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

  • "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

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

  • "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

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

  • "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

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
  • M.A. in English from Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI
  • B.A. in English from the University of Michigan - Flint, Flint, MI

Joined UMC in August 2003

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