Hispanic Studies
Department Chair:
Sebastiaan Faber
Peters Hall 404

Administrative Assistant:
Blanche Villar

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-5256
Fax: (440) 775-6888

Peters Hall 301
50 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Eli Cohen

Eli Cohen

Visiting Assistant Professor

Contact Information


Peters 403
(440) 775-8581

Personal Office Hours:
Monday & Wednesday 11:00-12:00 and by appointment.

Eli Cohen

Eli Cohen

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, The George Washington University, 1999
  • Master of Arts, Middlebury College, 2001
  • Master of Arts, St. John's College, 2004
  • Master of Arts, Princeton University, 2007
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 2011

Professor Eli Cohen teaches early modern literature and culture at Oberlin.  He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University in 2011, with a dissertation titled "A Poetics of Paradox: Images of Discourse in Early Modern Novelistic Fiction." Before coming to Oberlin College, Professor Cohen was a Harvard College Fellow in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. His area of specialization is early modern fiction, with an emphasis on the origins of the novel in Spain and England. 

As a teacher, Professor Cohen considers with students the historical conditions of literary and artistic production while at the same time enabling them to develop the critical vocabulary necessary for analysis.  He has taught a range of courses on medieval and early modern literature and culture, including broad surveys in Spanish literature and seminars on literary and socio-political transgression, the pícaro in society and art, and Don Quixote and the philosophy of laughter. In these courses students explore the nature and role of literature and other cultural artifacts within concrete historical contexts while also working to draw connections across time and space to different national traditions, historical events and artistic mediums. Professor Cohen has also taught courses on the history of the novel and on literary criticism and theory.  

Professor Cohen's current research centers on the history and theory of the novel with a particular interest in Cervantes, the fiction of early modern Spain and England, the relationship between aesthetics and epistemology, the interplay between the visual and the verbal in art, literature as transgression, and early modern philosophies of language.  Additional research and teaching interests include the rise of popular fiction in early modernity, the history of the book, critical theory, Gothic literature and film, Borges, and the modern remediation of earlier artistic works.


“El engaño literario de las Novelas ejemplares,”  Actas del VIII Congreso Internacional de la Asociación de Cervantistas, ed. Emilio Martínez Mata (forthcoming).

“El humor del Quijote y la traducción de Phillips de 1687,” Actas del VIII Congreso Internacional de la Asociación de Cervantistas, ed. Emilio Martínez Mata (forthcoming).

Courses Taught:

HISP 413: Rise of the Antihero: The Picaresque Tradition in Spain and Beyond

HISP 411: Laughing in/at Don Quijote

HISP 309: Spanish Literature I: Breaking the Rules in Early Modern Spain

HISP 306: Introduction to Literary Analysis

HISP 304: Advanced Grammar and Composition

HISP 203: Intermediate Spanish II