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Steven Cohan

Steven Cohan

Dean's Distinguished Professor Emeritus

429 Hall of Languages


Professor Steven Cohan is President of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. He taught courses and supervised graduate research in film studies, popular culture, gender and sexualities, and cultural studies. His books include Telling Stories: A Theoretical Analysis of Narrative (1988, co-authored with Linda M. Shires), Screening the Male (1993, co-edited with Ina Rae Hark), The Road Movie Book (1997, co-edited with Ina Rae Hark), Masked Men: Masculinity and the Movies in the Fifties (1997), Hollywood Musicals, The Film Reader (2001), Incongruous Entertainment: Camp, Cultural Value, and the MGM Musical (2005), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2008) and The Sound of Musicals (2010). His essays have appeared in Camera Obscura and Screen, as well as collections such as Out Takes: Film and Queer Theory (1999), Reinventing Film Studies (2000), Key Frames: Popular Film and Cultural Studies (2001), The Trouble with Men: Masculinities in European and Hollywood Cinema (2004), and Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture (2007). Some of his work has been translated into Spanish, Korean, and Chinese. His newest work includes essays on The Boys in the Band, Billy Wilder’s apartment plots, the cold war cycle of musicals set in Paris, and the star biopic. At present he is writing a new book about the back studio picture, or movies about making movies in Hollywood. He was awarded the Chancellor's Citation for Exceptional Academic Achievement in 2006 and the Graduate School's Award for Excellence in Graduate Education in 2014.

Research and Teaching Interests

Hollywood cinema, Popular Culture, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Queer Theory, Reception Studies, and Film & Narrative Theory. 

Recent Courses

ENG 630 Film Melodrama
ENG 730 Film Noir
ENG 730 The Studio System

ETS 145 Reading Popular Culture
ETS 360 Sexual Politics of Film Noir
ETS 364 Self-Reflexive Hollywood
ETS 360 Cinema and Sexual Difference
ETS 340 The Hollywood Musical 

Areas of Supervision

Film Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies