Work and English Culture

Dec 2004

Excellent. Although only an adjunct, Prof. Cohen did a great job in this class, which focused on 19th century British novels. Her own perspective on the books we read (Ivanhoe, Oliver Twist, Vilette, Jude the Obscure, Dracula, etc.) focused on how work and vocation influenced the culture and the lives of the characters - a pretty atypical stance in the English department, which tends to focus on literary movements or authors. Prof. Cohen integrated theoretical works with the readings very well (again, unusual for the English Department) and was always warm and engaging in class. She's also really good with comments on papers and topics (go to office hours), and led the class well by allowing lots of discussion without disengaging her own points. If you can handle a Friday class, this one of the better seminars in the department.