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Cohen, Samuel S.

Works: 14 works in 57 publications in 2 languages and 4,146 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Academic theses  Meditations 
Roles: Author, Editor, Thesis advisor, Publishing director
Classifications: PN6014, 808.8
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Samuel S Cohen
After the end of history : American fiction in the 1990s by Samuel S Cohen( Book )

11 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Samuel Cohen asserts the literary and historical importance of the period between the fall of the Berlin wall and that of the Twin Towers in New York. He examines six 1990s novels and two post-9/11 novels that explore the impact of the end of the Cold War. Cohen emphasizes how these works reconnect the past to a present that is ironically keen on denying that connection. --from publisher description
50 essays : a portable anthology by Samuel S Cohen( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2017 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"50 Essays meets the needs of a wide variety of classrooms. The carefully chosen table of contents presents enough familiarity to reassure instructors, enough novelty to keep things interesting, and enough variety to accommodate many different teaching needs. The editorial apparatus has been designed to support that variety of needs without being intrusive. In its second edition, 50 Essays continues to offer selections that instructors love to teach, with even more flexibility and more support for academic writing" -- publisher website (May 2007)
The legacy of David Foster Wallace( Book )

11 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Considered by many to be the greatest writer of his generation, David Foster Wallace was at the height of his creative powers when he committed suicide in 2008. In a sweeping portrait of Wallace's writing and thought and as a measure of his importance in literary history, The Legacy of David Foster Wallace gathers cutting-edge, field-defining scholarship by critics alongside remembrances by many of his writer friends, who include some of the world's most influential authors. In this elegant volume, literary critics scrutinize the existing Wallace scholarship and at the same time pioneer new ways of understanding Wallace's fiction and journalism. In critical essays exploring a variety of topics - including Wallace's relationship to American literary history, his place in literary journalism, his complicated relationship to his postmodernist predecessors, the formal difficulties of his 1996 magnum opus Infinite Jest, his environmental imagination, and the "social life" of his fiction and nonfiction - contributors plumb sources as diverse as reader recommendations, professional book reviews, the 2009 Infinite Summer project, and the David Foster Wallace archive at the University of Texas's Harry Ransom Center. The creative writers - including Don DeLillo, Jonathan Franzen, George Saunders, Rick Moody, Dave Eggers, and David Lipsky, and Wallace's Little, Brown editor, Michael Pietsch - reflect on the person behind the volumes of fiction and nonfiction created during the author's too-short life. All of the essays, critical and creative alike, are written in an accessible style that does not presume any background in Wallace criticism. Whether the reader is an expert in all things David Foster Wallace, a casual fan of his fiction and nonfiction, or completely new to Wallace, The Legacy of David Foster Wallace will reveal the power and innovation that defined his contribution to literary life and to self-understanding. This illuminating volume is destined to shape our understanding of Wallace, his writing, and his place in history."--Project Muse
Literature: the human experience by Richard Abcarian( Book )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2016 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Short stories, poems, and plays ranging from 400 B.C. to the present
50 essays : a portable anthology( Recording )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[The editor's] premise ... is that learning to read good writing effectively is crucial to learning how to write and think critically. [This] is a collection designed to foster critical thinking and writing in the composition classroom.-Pref. for instructors
The Clash takes on the world : transnational perspectives on "the only band that matters"( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trauma and the fantastic in twentieth century war fiction by Michael A Horton( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This thesis examines the relationship between trauma and the literary mode of the fantastic. While the fantastic has historically been understood as an escapist mode or a literature of wish fulfillment, it may also play an important role in how victims of trauma construct their narratives. The fantastic does not simply leave trauma behind or provide pleasant alternatives to actual experiences; rather, it can constitute the acting out of trauma, facilitate working through, and even enable victims to bear witness to the traumatic past. After a brief overview of both trauma theory and the effects of combat trauma, this study offers readings of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, John A. Williams' Captain Blackman, and Tim O'Brien's Going After Cacciato to show that fantastic elements in trauma narratives can be read as responses to and manifestations of trauma. The second chapter returns to O'Brien's novel to examine the fantastic mode as a means of healing. The study concludes with an analysis of the fantastic as bearing witness to real historical events in addition to those that make up the experience of trauma itself
Explicating the incipits : a writer's journey in Italo Calvino's If on a winter's night a traveler by Nell H McCabe( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Much of the scholarly work on Italo Calvino's If on a winter's night a traveler focuses on the importance of the R/reader in the text by looking at the numbered chapters as the framework through which the entirety of the text can be understood. The relationship between the writer and the reader is indeed vitally important to an understanding of the text, but within each of the titled chapters, or incipits as many refer to them, there exists more than simply a series of genre samples - the spy novel, the detective novel, the thriller. Approaching the novel from the perspective of a writer and reading the titled chapters as allegories of the writing process itself rather than mere novel fragments designed to move the plot of the numbered chapters forward, provides the opportunity to construct a new text that puts the writer, as well as the reader, at the center of the process of textual creation and the production of textual truth
The New American canon : the Iowa series in contemporary literature and culture( )

in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is a hell for one" : "psychotic depression" and suicide in David Foster Wallace's Infinite jest by Eric Austin Thomas( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This Master's thesis analyzes one particular character in David Foster Wallace's novel, Infinite Jest (1996): Kate Gompert, a suicidal marijuana addict afflicted with "psychotic depression." I argue that Gompert's character serves as a kind of mouth-piece for Wallace, that is, a kind of platform from which Wallace attempts to better understand and explain the painful and indescribable depression that fermented within his own Self. While the novel consistently posits a neuroscientific, material explanation for such an illness - i.e. the primacy of the body and the tyrannical oppression of brain chemistry - there also exists a spiritual philosophical undercurrent that posits a construction of Self defined by experience and choice. My thesis is organized as follows: first, I provide a brief summary of Infinite jest, before examining the cyclical form of the novel and its manipulation of time and space. Finally, I unpack the crux of my argument - that is, Wallace's understanding of psychotic depression and "the feeling" that drives one to suicide, which remains most thoroughly elucidated in the character of Kate Gompert
Reflections on talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi by Sulman Samuel Cohen( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in German and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A deeper sense of truth : William T. Vollmann's Seven Dreams Series and experiencing history by Devin Day( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The purpose of this thesis is to explore the work of William T. Vollmann in order to complicate the relationship between history and contemporary fiction. The first chapter briefly considers theories of postmodern historical fiction while challenging these definitions based on their emphasis of intertextuality. After this overview, the study investigates the texts of Vollmann to show how experiential research informs his war journalism, as well as the ways in which he uses that research to address issues of veracity in writing historical fiction. The second chapter reads Argall, the latest published volume of Vollmann's Seven Dreams series, as an extension of his experiential research that allows him to structure the novel as a stage performance. Vollmann, writing the novel in Early Modern English, illustrates the problems of the language of historical fiction when representing the past, which produces an unstable text. He purposefully crosses the boundary between historical fact and fiction in order to give a "deeper sense of truth." Finally, the conclusion briefly relates Vollmann's notion of experiencing history to novels by Richard Powers and Charles Yu in order to show how readers must rethink the relationship novels have with history in the 21st century
Object-oriented brewery : comparison of two object-oriented development methods by Robert C Sharble( )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Legacy of David Foster Wallace (The New American Canon: the Iowa Series in Contemporary Literature and Culture) by Lee Konstantinou( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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After the end of history : American fiction in the 1990s
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50 essays : a portable anthologyLiterature: the human experience