Professor , LIT/HUSL
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. Most recently, he has written Beleaguered Poets and Leftist Critics: Stevens, Cummings, Frost, and Williams in the 1930s (forthcoming from U. of Alabama Press this spring). Other recent publications include:
"Stumbling into Crossfire: William Carlos Williams, Partisan Review, and the Left in the 1930s" (24 pp. ). Journal of Modern Literature 32, (winter 2009): 143-59.
"Beleaguered Modernists: Hemingway, Stevens, and the Left," "Beleaguered Modernists: Hemingway, Stevens, and the Left," ( 20 pp.) In Key West Hemingway: A Reassessment, ed. Kirk Curnutt and Gail Sinclair (Tallahassee: University of Florida Press, 2009).
"From Bad Boy to Curmudgeon: Cummings's Political Evolution" ( 32 pp.). In Words Into Pictures: E. E. Cummings' Art Across Borders. Eds. Jiri Flajsar and Zeno Vernyik. (Cambridge, England: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008).
"To Stand on the Rock of the Word 'We': Appeals, Snares, and Impact of Modernist Groups before World War I." (25 pp.). In Modernist Group Dynamics: The Politics and Poetics of Friendship. Ed. Fabio Durao, et al. (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008.
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, in circulation)
- Loyalty Oath (one-hour drama, in circulation)