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Department of English Language and Literature


Debra Rae Cohen

Title: Distinguished Professor Emerita
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-576-5961
Office: HUO, Room 316
Resources: English Language and Literature


Ph.D., University of Mississippi, 2000
BA, Yale University, 1976


    Modernism and Media
    Twentieth-Century British Literature
    Modernism and Gender
    World War One
    Popular Music Studies


ENGL 825F   Modernism and Media
SCHC 352J   Women and Modernism
ENGL 385     Modernism
SCHC 365R  Modernist Women as Public Intellectuals
ENGL 413     Modern English Literature
ENGL 419R   In the Streets of the Modern City: London 1880-2012
ENGL 730     Imperial Modernism


I spent many years as a journalist and critic before returning to academe, and much of my current work is concerned with the conversations and intersections between Modernist literature and the mass media of the period. My co-edited collection, Broadcasting Modernism, examines the centrality of radio to Modernist literary culture. I am now at work on "Sonic Citizenship: Intermedial Poetics and the BBC," which extends the work of Broadcasting Modernism to explore the relations between the BBC and interwar print cultures. Other projects include a pedagogical volume on the teaching of World War I literature, a short volume on Modernism and Media, and a series of pieces on Rebecca West, focusing on her significance as a limit case for modernist historiography.


Remapping the Home Front: Locating Citizenship in British Women's Great War Fiction. Northeastern University Press, 2002

Broadcasting Modernism. Co-edited with Michael Coyle and Jane Lewty. University Press of Florida, 2009.

   • “‘Police and Thieves’: Citation as Struggle in the Punk Cover Song.” (With Michael Coyle.) Social Text 116 (2013): 111-22.
   • “Sound Bites: Vampire Media in Orson Welles’s Dracula.” Sounding Out! 2 September 2013.
   • “Getting the Frame into the Picture: Wells, West, and the Mid-War Novel.” The Space Between 8:1 (2012): 85-107.
   • “Intermediality and the Problem of the Listener.” Modernism/modernity 19.3 (2012): 569-92.
   • "Modernism on the Radio." A Handbook of Modernisms, edited by Peter Brooker, Andrzej Gasiorek, Deborah Parsons and Andrew Thacker. Oxford University Press, 2010.
   • "Rebecca West's Palimpsestic Praxis: Crafting the Intermodern Voice of Witness." Intermodernism: Literary Culture in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain, edited by Kristin Bluemel, Edinburch University Press, 2009.

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