Eli Cohen received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. He also holds a M.A. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University, a M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College and a M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College. He did his undergraduate work in Cultural Anthropology and Creative Writing at The George Washington University. Prior to joining the faculty at Swarthmore, Professor Cohen taught at Oberlin College, as a College Fellow at Harvard University, and at Rider University.
Professor Cohen’s area of specialization is early modern fiction, especially the origins of the novel in Spain and England. His current research focuses on the development of prose fiction in early modern Spain, with a particular emphasis on the writings of Cervantes and on the relationship between literature, perception and knowledge in early modern Spanish fiction. He has published work on Cervantes’s Novelas ejemplares and Don Quijote, and has presented at professional conferences on a range of topics including the role of affect and humor in Don Quijote, the commercial poetics of the early modern picaresque, John Phillips’s 1687 translation of Don Quijote, and the modernity of the early modern novel. His current book project examines the development of the novel as a form of critical discourse in early modern Spain and England.
At Swarthmore, Professor Cohen teaches courses on early modern and modern Spanish literature and Colonial literature, as well as Spanish language courses.