Professor Margaret Cohen


Stanford University

Margaret Cohen holds the Andrew B. Hammond Chair of French Language, Literature and Civilization, and teaches in the department of Comparative Literature and Stanford University. Over the past ten years, her research has rethought the literature and culture of modernity from the vantage point of the oceans.  Her most recent book is The Novel and the Sea (UP Princeton, 2010), which received awards from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the International Society for the Study of Narrative, and the American Comparative Literature Association.   Her previous publications include Profane Illumination: Walter Benjamin and the Paris of Surrealist Revolution, the prize-winning The Sentimental Education of the Novel, and a critical edition for W.W. Norton of Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary.  Her newest research examines the impact on literature and  the arts of underwater technologies from the invention of aquariums and helmet-diving in the middle of the nineteenth century until the present day.