Prof. Cohen’s Ph.D. was in literature, and the courses he teaches in the RC are primarily literature courses. His scholarship, however, has mainly to do with film. His main interests are Ingmar Bergman and Scandanavian film, the American Western, and any film topic that catches his interest.
He has taught courses entitled: The Godfather and other Film Trilogies, Religion in Film, Film Criticism, The Films of Woody Allen. He particulary enjoys teaching the introductory film course, Art of the Film.
Cohen has recently completed an essay juxtaposing contrasting attitudes toward God and human nature in two films by Lars von Trier (Breaking the Waves and Dogville).
Art of Film
“The Art of Asking Forgiveness: Ingmar Bergman’s Sunday’s Children”, Literature/Film Quarterly, 2006.
“The Genesis of Days of Heaven,” Cinema Journal, Summer 2003.
“Wyatt Earp at the O.K. Corral: Six Versions”, Journal of American Culture, June 2003.
“‘Men Have Tears in Them’:The Other Cowboy Hero”, Journal of American Culture,Winter 1998.