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Dr. Paula Cohen

Paula Marantz Cohen, PhD

Dean of the Pennoni Honors College
Distinguished Professor of English
Co-Editor of the Journal of Modern Literature
Host of The Drexel InterView
Department of English and Philosophy
Office: 5016 MacAlister Hall
Phone: 215.895.1266

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  • BA, English and French, Yale University, 1975
  • PhD, English Literature, Columbia University, 1981

Research Interests:

  • Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century English and American Literature
  • Film Studies



Paula Marantz Cohen, Distinguished Professor of English, received her BA in English and French from Yale University and her PhD in English from Columbia University. She is the author of seven books and numerous essays on literature, film, and culture. Her scholarly books are The Daughter as Reader, The Daughter's Dilemma, Alfred Hitchcock: the Legacy of Victorianism, Silent Film and the Triumph of the American Myth; her novels are Jane Austen in Boca; Much Ado About Jessie Kaplan; Jane Austen in Scarsdale or Love, Death, and the SATs; and What Alice Knew: A Most Curious Tale of Henry James and jack the Ripper. Her most recent academic book, Silent Film and the Triumph of the American Myth (Oxford UP), was selected as a Choice Outstanding Book for 2003. Her first novel, Jane Austen in Boca (St. Martin's Press), was a Literary Guild/Book of the Month Club Featured Alternate and a Page-Turner of the Week in People Magazine. She has articles and stories in many journals, including Yale Review, Boulevard, Iowa Review, Raritan, The American Scholar, and The Hudson Review. She is the Co-Editor of the Journal of Modern Literature and a regular reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement. She is the recipient of the Lindback Teaching Award.

Her most recent novel is Suzanne Davis Gets a Life and the forthcoming Beatrice Bunson’s Guide to Romeo and Juliet: A Novel. She directed the documentary film, Two Universities and the Future of China, and is the host of The Drexel InterView, a talk show currently broadcast on university-affiliated, and community access television stations throughout the United States.