About

Samuel Cohen is Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri, where he teaches courses in twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature. He is the author of After the End of History: American Fiction in the 1990s and co-editor of The Legacy of David Foster Wallace and The Clash Takes on the World: Transnational Perspectives on The Only Band that Matters. He is Series Editor of The New American Canon: The Iowa Series in Contemporary Literature and Culture. He is also author of 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology and Literature: The Human Experience and is writing a book on Generation X fiction. He is a member of the MLA Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Rights and Responsibilities and is the 20th- and 21st-Century American Language, Literature, and Culture Forum Representative to the MLA Delegate Assembly.

Education

Ph.D. in English, Graduate Center, The City University of New York (GC, CUNY), 2003

M.A. in English (Creative Writing), Binghamton University, SUNY, 1995

B.A. with Honors, Swarthmore College, English and Sociology/Anthropology, 1989

Publications

After the End of History: American Fiction in the 1990s. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2009.

The Legacy of David Foster Wallace, co-edited with Lee Konstantinou. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2012.

The Clash Takes on the World: Transnational Perspectives on The Only Band That Matters, co-edited with James Peacock. London: Bloomsbury, 2017.

“The New American Canon: The Iowa Series in Contemporary Literature and Culture,” U of Iowa P, Series Editor; sixteen books published, five under contract

Selected Shorter

“Introduction,” reissue of Camden Joy, Boy Island (Verse Chorus Press, forthcoming)

Scholarly Publishing’s Last Stand,” The Chronicle Review 22 May 2018

“The Whiteness of David Foster Wallace,” solicited chapter for Postmodern Literature and Race, eds. Len Platt and Sara Upstone (Cambridge University Press, 2015), 228-43

“‘How helpless a person can be’: Sex, Art, and Politics in DeLillo’s “Baader-Meinhof,” invited submission, Voices in Italian Americana 23.2 (2013), 13-19; reprinted in “Anniversary Issue,” Voices in Italian Americana 26.1 (forthcoming 2015)

“Fables of American Collectivity Circa 2005: Chris Bachelder’s U.S.!, Lydia Millet’s Oh Pure and Radiant Heart, and George Saunders’s Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil,” invited submission, special issue, Amerikastudien/American Studies 57.2 (2013), 207-20

“The Novel in a Time of Terror: Middlesex, History, and Contemporary American Fiction,” “After Postmodernism,” Special Issue, Twentieth-Century Literature 53.3 (Fall 2007), 371-93

“Triumph and Trauma: In the Lake of the Woods and History,” Clio: Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History 36.2 (Spring 2007), 219-36

“Mason & Dixon & The Ampersand,” Twentieth-Century Literature 48.3 (Fall 2002), 264-91

Textbooks

50 Essays: A Portable Anthology, 5th ed. (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2016)

Literature: The Human Experience, 12th ed., ed. Richard Abcarian, Marvin Klotz, Samuel Cohen (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2015)

Literature: The Human Experience, shorter 11th ed., ed. Richard Abcarian, Marvin Klotz, Samuel Cohen (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2014)

Selected Other

“Sideline Poetry,” The Sporting Scene (ten poems), The New Yorker online, 29 May 2

Projects

“What Comes Next: Generation X Fiction and The Future,” book manuscript

 

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“The Present & Future of Scholarly Publishing: The Faculty Editor’s View,” roundtable at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Chicago, January 2019 (organizer and speaker)
 
“The Uses and Misuses of Academic Freedom,” Roundtable sponsored by MLA Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Rights and Responsibilities, at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Chicago, January 2019 (organizer and presider)
 

Moderator, Pre-Seminar Workshop: Reversing the Decline in English Majors and Enrollments, Association of Departments of English-Association of Departments of Foreign Languages Summer Seminar, Atlanta, GA, June 2018

 

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