William A. Cohen



2119B Tawes Hall


Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Swarthmore College

Area Groups

Film Studies and Cultural Studies; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies; Literary Theory; Post-1900 British and Irish; Victorian

Recent Publications

Embodied: Victorian Literature and the Senses (University of Minnesota Press, 2009); selected reviews: Nineteenth-Century Literature, Victorian Studies, Studies in English Literature, Senses and Society, Configurations.

Filth: Dirt, Disgust, and Modern Life, edited with Ryan Johnson (University of Minnesota Press, 2005).

Sex Scandal: The Private Parts of Victorian Fiction (Duke University Press, 1996).



Wilde Discoveries: Traditions, Histories, Archives

Cambridge Companion to Anthony Trollope

Novel: A Forum on Fiction


Critical Survey

Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

Nineteenth-Century Literature

Novel: A Forum on Fiction



South Atlantic Quarterly

Victorian Studies

The Queer Sixties


Selected Presentations:

Plenary, The Victorian Tactile Imagination, Birkbeck College, University of London (2013)

Plenary, Bodies Incorporated symposium, Texas A&M University (2012)

Dickens Bicentenary conference, Paris, Boulogne, Chatham/Rochester, London (2012)

Victorianopolis symposium, Graduate Center, CUNY (2012)

University of Toronto, Birkbeck College/University of London, University of Exeter, UCLA, West Virginia University (Jackson Distinguished Lecture), University at Buffalo/SUNY (2009-10)

Plenary, British Association for Victorian Studies Conference, “Victorian Feeling: Touch, Bodies, Emotions,” University of Leicester (2008)

Theories of the Novel Now (2007)

Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, Texas A&M University (2006)

North American Victorian Studies Association Conference (2005)

Keynote, Dickens and Sex Conference, Birkbeck College, University of London (2004)

MLA Convention (1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2008)


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Honors and Awards

Faculty Service Award, Graduate English Organization (2012); William Andrews Clark and Huntington Library fellowships (2009); General Research Board Semester Research Award (2005); Center for Teaching Excellence Instructional Improvement Grant (2003); Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France (2000); Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Wesleyan University (1994-95).

Spring 2014

ENGL456 The Nineteenth-Century English Novel

Spring 2011

ENGL739A Theory of the Novel and Victorian Fiction