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Profile: Walter Cohen

Title: Professor
Ph.D., Berkeley  1980

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On leave 2016-17 terms







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Research Interests

Primary Interests

History of European literature
World literature
The Novel (realism, modernism, postmodernism)
Marxist criticism and theory


Selected Publications

1. Drama of a Nation: Public Theater in Renaissance England and Spain.  Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 1985.
2. The Norton Shakespeare.  Ed. Stephen Greenblatt (General Editor), Walter Cohen, Jean E. Howard, and Katharine Eisaman Maus.  NY: Norton, 3rd ed., 2015.

3. A History of European Literature: The West and the World from Antiquity to the Present.  Ca. 300,000 words.  Oxford UP, forthcoming.

1. “The Merchant of Venice and the Possibilities of Historical Criti­cism.” ELH 49 (1982) 765-89; various rpts.
2. “The Making of Nabokov's Fiction.” 20th Century Literature 29 (1983) 333-50.
3. “Political Criticism of Shakespeare.” Shakespeare Reproduced. Ed. Jean Howard and Marian O'Connor.  London: Methuen, 1987. 18-46.
4. “The Novel and Cultural Revolution.” Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift der Pädagogische Hochschule "Karl Liebknecht" Potsdam 32 (1988) 29-47.
5. “The Concept of World Literature.” Comparative Literature East and West. Ed. Cornelia Moore. Honolulu: East-West Center, 1989. 3-10.
6. “An Interview with Martin Bernal.” Social Text No. 35 (Summer 1993). 1-24.
7. “Marxist Criticism.” Redrawing the Boundaries. Ed. Stephen Greenblatt and Giles Gunn. New York: MLA, 1992. 320-48.
8. “The Discourse of Empire in the Renaissance.” Cultural Authority in Golden Age Spain. Ed. Marina S. Brownlee and Hans-Ulrich Gumbrecht. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1995. 260-83.
9. “The Economics of Doctoral Education in Literature.” PMLA 115 (2000) 1164-87.
10. “The Uniqueness of Spain.” Echoes and Inscriptions. Ed. Barbara Simerka and Chris B. Weimer. Lewisburg, PA.: Bucknell UP, 2000. 17-29.
11. “The Undiscovered Country: Shakespeare and Mercantile Geography.” Marxist Shakespeares. Ed. Jean E. Howard and Scott Cutler Shershow. London: Routledge, 2001. 128-58.
12. “The Literature of Empire in the Renaissance.” Modern Philology 102 (2004) 1-34.
13. “Don Quijote and the Intercontinental History of the Novel.” Early Modern Culture, No. 4, 2004. http//eserver.org/emc/default.html.
14. “Eurasian Fiction.” The Global South 1: 2 (Fall 2007) 100-119.
15. “Fault Lines and Coherence in Language and Literature Departments.” ADFL Bulletin 41, No. 1 (2009) 53-58.
16. “World Literature and Contemporary Fiction.” Shawangunk Review 23 (2012) 7-20.
17. “The Rise of the Written Vernacular: Europe and Eurasia.” PMLA 126 (2011) 719-29.
18. “Eurasian Literature.” Comparative Early Modernities. Ed. David Porter. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.  47-72.
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