- 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 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 Spanish literature in a comparative context. He has taught a range of courses on medieval and early modern Spanish literature and culture, including broad surveys and specific courses on transgression, the picaresque, and Don Quixote and laughter. These courses examine the nature and role of literature within specific historical and cultural contexts while also working to draw connections across time and space to different national traditions, historical events and artistic mediums. His 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, aesthetics of representation, 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 film and graphic novel adaptations of literary texts.
"El humor del Quijote y la traducción de Phillips de 1687" (under review)
"El desengaño literario en las Novelas ejemplares" (under review)