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Spencer Cooke

Graduate Student

Spencer Cooke is originally from Hugo, Oklahoma. He attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University where, in 2018, he earned his B.A. in English with a Writing Emphasis with a minor in Rhetorical Studies. His primary research focus is the creation of cultural memory through character development in literature and rhetoric. His application of this concept has ranged from Plato’s rhetorical Socratic Dialogues to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. However, his chosen field, at the graduate level, is 19th-Century American literature, in which he plans to evaluate the construction of the character in the early American novel by evaluating cultural memory creation in the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving, and James Fenimore Cooper. His most recent project is an evaluation of the American Indian figure in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Leatherstocking Tales and how Cooper’s creation of the figure is saturated with particular character traits, inherently different than our modern understanding of the exonym, “Native American.”

Spencer Cooke

Graduate Assistant

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