Biography: Steven Cohan is Professor of English at Syracuse
University. He received his PhD in
English from UCLA specializing in the novel but through his secondary training
in narrative theory made the transition to film studies. At Syracuse he has had a strong investment in
curriculum reform. He helped to write
his department’s innovative undergraduate curriculum and to integrate the
critical study of film and television into that curriculum. Serving several terms as the English
department‘s graduate director, he led development of a new track in film,
popular culture, and new media. His current work in progress is a book-length
study of the "backstudio picture” or the movie about making movies.
Hall of Languages
New York 13244
1974, Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles
1972, M.A. University of California at Los
1970, B.A. Summa Cum Laude, Honors
in English, Phi Beta Kappa, University
of California at Los Angeles
Teaching and Research Interests:
Hollywood Cinema, Musicals, Popular Culture, Gender and Sexuality
Studies, Queer Theory, Reception and Fan Studies, Film and Narrative Theory
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation British Film Institute /Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008. Series: "TV Classics.”
Incongruous Entertainment: Camp,
Cultural Value, and the MGM Musical. Duke University Press, 2005.
Masked Men: Masculinity and the Movies in the Fifties. Indiana University
Press, 1997. Series: Arts and Politics of the Everyday.
Telling Stories: A Theoretical Analysis of Narrative
Fiction. Coauthor: Linda M. Shires.
Routledge, 1988. Series: New Accents.
Translated into Korean in 1997 and Chinese in 1998. Reprinted in cloth
as part of three-volume library set, "Theories of Narrative,” 2002.
The Sound of Musicals.
British Film Institute/Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Hollywood Musicals, The Film Reader. Routledge,
The Road Movie Book.
Coeditor: Ina Rae Hark. Routledge, 1997.
Screening the Male: Exploring Masculinities in Hollywood
Coeditor: Ina Rae Hark. Routledge,
His essays and reviews have
appeared in Camera Obscura, Screen, Film & History, Novel, and ELH, and he has book chapters in Male Trouble (1993), The Masculine Masquerade (1995), Stud:
Architectures of Masculinity (1996), Contemporary
Hollywood Cinema (1998), Out Takes
(1999), Terms of Endearment (1999), Reinventing Film Studies (2000), Key Frames (2001), The Trouble with Men (2004), Interrogating Postfeminism (2007), Gender Meets Genre in Postwar Cinemas (2011),
and Teaching Film (2012). His work has been reprinted in collections on
gender, media and communications theory, film genres, and Hollywood.
Editorial Board, Cinema
Section author of "Musicals”
for Oxford Bibliographies Online: Film and Media Studies, 2011.
Series Editor with Ina Rae Hark of "In Focus: Routledge Film Readers,” which had thirteen
volumes published by Routledge, between 2002-2006.
Citation for Exceptional Academic Achievement,
Syracuse University, 2006.
Graduate Teacher Award, SU Department of English, 2000.