Hella Bloom Cohen, Adjunct Lecturer
Office: Minard 316D
I moved to Fargo from Texas in August 2013. Though still completing my doctorate in English literature at The University of North Texas, I couldn’t bear to spend my last dissertation year boiling in the North Dallas heat.
I have a BA in English with a minor in political science from a little elfin liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania called Lebanon Valley College, and an MA in English and American Literature from New York University (a few more stop lights there). My dissertation examines the biopolitics of Arab-Jewish intimacy in contemporary Israeli and Palestinian literature and the textile labor sector. As a postcolonialist, I work on the politics of representation and translation in world literatures, especially literatures of the commonwealth. My work crosses the disciplinary divide into material culture studies and critical theory. My article on clothing, exchange, and symbolic capital in Caribbean writer Earl Lovelace’s novel The Dragon Can’t Dance is forthcoming in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature. I have also published on material culture approaches to world literature pedagogy.
Right now, I’m having a great time teaching Composition II at NDSU this fall. We Are – Bison – Nation!