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Dr Sally Couper DPhil

Senior Tutor

School of English and Media Studies

Sally teaches two undergraduate papers extramurally at Massey: 230.111 Tū Kupu: Writing and Inquiry and 139.105 Fiction: the Long and Short of It.

Her postgraduate research is in Scottish poetry of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and she is currently preparing a reconstructive edition of John Rolland's Court of Venus (a1560) for the Scottish Text Society.  Since 1997 she has worked as an editor on the Oxford English Dictionary.



  • Doctor of Philosophy in English - University of Oxford (2001)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English - University of Otago (1996)

Research Expertise

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
British and Irish Literature (200503): Comparative Literature Studies (200524): Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Literary Studies (200500)

Research Outputs


Couper, S. (2005). Allegory and Parody in William Dunbar’s “Sen that I am a presoneir”. Scottish Studies Review. 6(2), 9-20
[Journal article]Authored by: Couper, S.


Couper, SJA. (2017). Informed Choice: The Knowing Morality of John Rolland's Court of Venus. In J. Martin, & E. Wingfield (Eds.) Premodern Scotland: Literature and Governance 1420-1587. (pp. 185 - 197). Oxford: Oxford University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Couper, S.
Milfull, I., & Couper, S. (2010). Sourcing Wright: Problems and Solutions in the Use of EDD Citations for the Purposes of OED3. In M. Markus, C. Upton, & R. Heuberger (Eds.) Joseph Wright’s English Dialect Dictionary and Beyond: Studies in Late Modern English Dialectology.. (pp. 217 - 237). Frankfurt: Peter Lang
[Chapter]Authored by: Couper, S.
Couper, S. (2002). Time, Sex and Authority in John Rolland’s Seuin Seages. In Forum for Modern Language Studies. (pp. 435 - 448). Oxford: Oxford University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Couper, S.


Couper, S. (2002). Reason and Desire in Older Scots Poetry, c.1424-1560. (Doctoral Thesis, University of Oxford)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Couper, S.


Couper, S. (2017, February). The “strange” and “clerklie” terms of John Rolland’s Court of Venus. Presented at 11th Biennial Conference of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Couper, S.


Couper, S. (2004). ‘John Pinkerton (1758–1826), historian and poet’, ‘Robert Pollok (1798–1827), poet’, ‘Robert Nicoll (bap. 1814, d. 1837), poet’ and ‘James Hyslop (1798–1827), poet’, in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press
[Other]Authored by: Couper, S.

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