Office: JO 5.518
Areas of Specialization: 20th-century American literature, modernist literature, painting and music.
Education: PhD, Humanities, Syracuse University, 1981
Teaching Certificate, Wayne State University, 1973
MA, English, Indiana University, 1970
BA, Humanities, Michigan State University, 1968
Milton Cohen specializes in 20th century American literature and modernism. Recently, he has studied the influence of 1930s leftism on American writers in Beleaguered Poets and Leftist Critics: Stevens, Cummings, Frost, and Williams in the 1930s (U. of Alabama Press, 2011). Presently, Dr. Cohen is writing a sequel to Beleaguered Poets, titled The Pull of Politics,focusing on how three writers, Steinbeck, Wright, and Hemingway, gravitated to the left in the later 1930s. Their major novels at the end of the decade — The Grapes of Wrath, Native Son, and For Whom the Bell Tolls — reflect their leftism but also ambivalence and contradictory attitudes.
In addition to scholarly books on E. E. Cummings, Ernest Hemingway, and modernist groups, Cohen has written three historical plays:
- The Five Knob Radio (full-length drama, winner of playwriting competition and performed by Curtain Players, Columbus OH, 1/07)
- Comrades and Fellow-Travelers (one-hour drama)
- Loyalty Oath (one-hour drama)