Lara Langer Cohen
Podcast: Fraudulence and the Making of U.S. Literature
Lara Langer Cohen is currently Assistant Professor of English at Wayne State University, where she teaches courses on early American literature, print culture, and Marxist theory. Her bookThe Fabrication of American Literature: Fraudulence and Antebellum Print Culture (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012) revisits the rise of American literature by examining the accusations of fraudulence that plagued it at the moment of its consolidation, as well as attempts to capitalize on that fraudulence. With Jordan Alexander Stein, she is co-editor of Early African American Print Culture (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012), a collection of essays that was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2012. Currently she is working on a study of nineteenth-century literary undergrounds. She has published articles in American Literature, ESQ, and Arizona Quarterly, and has held fellowships at the American Antiquarian Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Beginning in fall 2013, she will join the English department at Swarthmore College.