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Monica Cohen

Term Lecturer in Comparative Literature, English, and First-Year Seminar


English, First Year Foundation


312 Milbank Hall
TR 3-4 pm & by appt.


Monica Feinberg Cohen specializes in English narrative of the long nineteenth century and the nineteenth-century European novel.  Her teaching interests include Victorian cultural studies, novel and genre theory, and gender studies.

Her first book, Professional Domesticity in the Victorian Novel: Women, Work and Home (Cambridge UP) places Victorian domestic ideology in the context of Great Britain emerging professional culture. Her second book, Pirating Fiction: Ownership and Creativity in Nineteenth-century Popular Culture (University of Virginia Press) considers nineteenth-century literary piracy as an acknowledged creative tool.

Her articles and book reviews have appeared in NovelStudies in the NovelVictorian Literature and CultureDickens Studies Annual, The Dickens QuarterlyTexas Studies in Language and Literature, Victorian Studies, and RaVon. She has contributed to the Oxford Bibliographies On-line, the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature, Victorian Women Novelists and the "Woman Question" (Cambridge University Press), The Encyclopedia of the Novel (Fitzroy Dearborn). She is a contributor to the MLA Guide to Teaching Austen’s MANSFIELD PARK and the MLA Guide to Teaching Austen’s PERSUASION, and author of the introductions to reprints of Oliver Twist (Race Point 2015), Emma (Barnes and Noble 2012), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Barnes and Noble 2012), The Old Curiosity Shop (Barnes and Noble 2009).

She is the recipient of the 2009 Tony Hilfer Memorial Prize for the best article published in Texas Studies in Literature and Language, and has served as an MLA Special Delegate representing Women in the Profession from 2013 to 2016. Cohen holds a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D from Columbia.