Hoddes Cohen joined the faculty of the English department in
has served Rollins College as an active academic and proactive
was born on November 6, 1941, in Washington, District of
He studied at the University of Maryland, where he
bachelor’s degree in English in 1963.
In 1964, Cohen received his M.A. in English from the
of Iowa, and in 1967, he received his Ph.D. from the University
joined the Rollins College faculty in 1967, Cohen has taught
English and also found time to publish articles and papers. He specializes in British and American
Literature Since 1890
and is an expert of Victorian Literature.
Over the years he has taught courses in topics such as
Century British Literature, British Romantics, and American
his Rollins career, Cohen has been recognized as the Arthur
Fellow in 1971, the Outstanding Educator in America in 1971 and
the Henry E. Huntington Library Fellow in 1972, the National
for the Humanities Summer Seminar in 1977, the Hugh F. McKean
Award in 1979, the American Council on Education Fellow in 1981,
National Humanities Center Fellowship in 1992.
In addition, Cohen was recognized as the William R. Kenan
Professor of English. Cohen
has also served as a member of the Victorian Studies
Committee and the editor and compiler of the Victorian
a member of the MLA Bibliography advisory committee, and a
of the Modern Language Association.
were your experiences beginning your career in the teaching
And the woman
who was conducting the [teaching] workshop... said, “Now the
first rule to
remember is never embarrass a student in class.”
So I wrote that down. And
then she said, “So the rest you’re pretty much on your own, go
it.” And so here I was
sitting with three legal pads and only one comment: Never
student in class..."
spent most of my career working on Henley... But
I wrote a book called the Henley Stevenson Quarrel...
biographies written of Stephenson had alluded to the quarrel and
It was Henley’s fault. Some
biographies of Henley had alluded to the quarrel and said, It
Stevenson’s fault. But
nobody had said what was the essence of the quarrel.
And here was all of the correspondence; here was a book
(laughs)... that was simply put in front of me...”
I think that the
biggest change in Orlando came with Disney.
And at first I thought that it was negative... in a sense
that all of a sudden people asked you for
ID... But of course, as Orlando has
grown, so have all of the
opportunities around here for culture, for art galleries, and
restaurants and things like that..."
think most faculty members love Fox Day, but of course we
wouldn’t be caught dead saying that...
But when we didn’t have Fox Day, we lost something.
It was almost as if we couldn’t have a day that wasn’t
business as usual... So bringing back
Fox Day was great, and I think that students still look forward
faculty still look forward to it. Again,
it’s one of those traditions that is unique to Rollins, and
nothing wrong with just sleeping in, or going to the beach, or
deep breath and relaxing for a day...
It taught us
something, taught me something, about Rollins and tradition..."
"But the reason that the course was fun was interacting
fellow faculty members... each week, one of us would lecture or conduct a course.
It was a large class... and then we would divide into
sessions... it was hard work, but it was lots of fun and
we had lots of laughs in that class...I think that working with
colleagues on a course, doing an
interdisciplinary approach and doing the collaborative course,