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Edward Hoddes Cohen joined the faculty of the English department in 1967 and has served Rollins College as an active academic and proactive force in the community.

Cohen was born on November 6, 1941, in Washington, District of Columbia.  He studied at the University of Maryland, where he received his bachelor’s degree in English in 1963.  In 1964, Cohen received his M.A. in English from the University of Iowa, and in 1967, he received his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico.

Having joined the Rollins College faculty in 1967, Cohen has taught courses in 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 Twentieth Century British Literature, British Romantics, and American Realism.

Throughout his Rollins career, Cohen has been recognized as the Arthur Vining Davis Fellow in 1971, the Outstanding Educator in America in 1971 and 1972, the Henry E. Huntington Library Fellow in 1972, the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar in 1977, the Hugh F. McKean Honorary Award in 1979, the American Council on Education Fellow in 1981, and the National Humanities Center Fellowship in 1992.  In addition, Cohen was recognized as the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English.  Cohen has also served as a member of the Victorian Studies Bibliography Committee and the editor and compiler of the Victorian Bibliography, a member of the MLA Bibliography advisory committee, and a member of the Modern Language Association.

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  • "... 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 for it.”  And so here I was sitting with three legal pads and only one comment: Never embarrass a student in class..."




  • ...I spent most of my career working on Henley... But I wrote a book called the Henley Stevenson Quarrel... Some biographies written of Stephenson had alluded to the quarrel and said, It was Henley’s fault.  Some biographies of Henley had alluded to the quarrel and said, It was 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 for restaurants and things like that..."




  • "...I 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 to it, faculty still look forward to it.  Again, it’s one of those traditions that is unique to Rollins, and there’s nothing wrong with just sleeping in, or going to the beach, or taking a 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 with my 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 small 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, that was terrific."

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Cohen discusses a course he taught with his colleagues