Professor Emeritus Steven Cohan 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) The Sound of Musicals (2010), Hollywood by Hollywood (2018), and Routledge Film Guidebooks: Hollywood Musicals (2019). His essays have appeared in Camera Obscura,Screen, and Cinema Journal as well as many anthologies. Since retiring he has written essays on Danny Kaye’s queer persona, The Boys in the Band, Billy Wilder’s apartment plots, Marilyn Monroe biopics, the cold war cycle of musicals set in Paris, Bob Hope’s comedian musicals, Judy Garland as a cult star, Esther Williams’s Latin lovers, Queer Hollywood Musicals of the 1940s, the 1937 A Star Is Born, and Fosse/Verdon. At present he is starting a new book that examines the connections between film noir and the woman’s film of the 1940s and 1950s. His work has been translated into French, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean. 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. He was President of the Society of Cinema Studies from 2015-2017.
Hollywood Musicals, Steven Cohan. Routledge (1 October 2019) 218pp., ISBN: 9781138497450.
Hollywood by Hollywood: The Backstudio Picture and the Mystique of Making Movies, Steven Cohan. Oxford UP (1 November 2018), 288pp., ISBN: 9780190865771
The Sound of Musicals, by Steven Cohan, British Film Institute; 2010 edition (December 15, 2010), 232pp., ISBN-13: 978-1844573462
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, by Steven Cohan, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2008-12-23, 144pp., ISBN13 9781844572557
Incongruous Entertainment: Camp, Cultural Value, and the MGM Musical, by Steven Cohan, Duke University Press Books (October 20, 2005), 384pp., ISBN-13: 978-0822335955
Hollywood Musicals Film Reader, by Steven Cohan, Routledge; 1 edition (December 29, 2002), 224pp., ISBN-13: 978-0415235600
Masked Men: Masculinity and the Movies in the Fifties, by Steve Cohan, Indiana University Press (December 22, 1997), 376pp., ISBN-13: 978-0253211279
The Road Movie Book, bt Steven Cohan, Routledge; 1 edition (November 23, 1997), 396pp., ISBN-13: 978-0415149372
Screening the Male, by Steven Cohen, Routledge; 1 edition (March 28, 1993), 288pp., ISBN-13: 978-0415077590
Telling Stories: A Theoretical Anlysis of Narrative Fiction, by Steven Cohan and Linda M. Shires, Routledge; 1 edition (November 20, 1988), 197pp., ISBN-13: 978-0415013871
Research and Teaching Interests
Hollywood cinema, Popular Culture, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Queer Theory, Reception Studies, and Film & Narrative Theory.
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