Samuel Cohen

Professor Samuel Cohen
Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies
333 Tate Hall; samuelscohen.com
573-884-3209
Areas of Study: 
Modern and Contemporary Literature
Research and Teaching: 

Twentieth- and twenty-first century American literature and culture

Samuel Cohen 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 (University of Iowa Press, 2009), coeditor of The Legacy of David Foster Wallace (University of Iowa Press, 2012) and The Clash Takes on the World: Transnational Perspectives on The Only Band That Matters, co-edited with James Peacock (Bloomsbury, 2017), and 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, fifth edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2016) and coauthor of a literature anthology, Literature: The Human Experience, twelfth edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2015). He has received the Director of Graduate Studies Outstanding Contribution Award, the Gold Chalk Award from the Graduate Professional Council, the Graduate Student Association Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, the English Graduate Student Association Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, and the Provost's Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award.

Education: 

PhD 2003, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

Select Publications: 
  • The Clash Takes on the World: Transnational Perspectives on The Only Band That Matters, co-edited with James Peacock. London: Bloomsbury, 2017
  • "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.
  • 50 Essays, 5th ed. (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's), 2016.
  • Literature: The Human Experience, 12th ed., with Richard Abcarian and Marvin Klotz (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's), 2015.
  • “‘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.
  • "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.
  • "'To Wish to Try to Sing to the Next Generation' Infinite Jest's History," The Legacy of David Foster Wallace. Ed. Samuel Cohen and Lee Konstantinou (University  of Iowa Press 2012).
  • The Legacy of David Foster Wallace, coedited with Lee Konstantinou. University of Iowa Press (2012).
  • After the End of History: American Fiction in the 1990s. University of Iowa Press, 2009.
  • Samuel Cohen. "The Novel in a Time of Terror: Middlesex, History, and Contemporary American Fiction." Twentieth-Century Literature special issue, "After Postmodernism," 53.3 (Fall 2007).
  • Samuel Cohen. "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).
  • Samuel Cohen. "Mason & Dixon & the Ampersand." Twentieth-Century Literature 48.3 (Fall 2002).
  • Samuel Cohen. "Tinkering toward WAC Utopia." Journal of Basic Writing 21.2 (Fall 2002).
Awards and Honors: 
  • Gold Chalk Award, Graduate Professional Council, 2011
  • Graduate Student Association Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, 2011
  • English Graduate Student Association Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, 2011
  • Provost's Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award, 2008