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Ralph Cohen papers and "New Literary History" records-addition 1

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: ViU-2024-0042

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This addition to RG-24/54/1.151, Ralph Cohen papers and "New Literary History" records, contains notes, manuscripts, articles, drafts, correspondences, publications, proposals, books, pamphlets, coursebooks, syllabi, thesis, audiocassettes, CD-Rs, DVDs, and mini discs that pertain to New Literary History journal and Cohen's work with the Commonwealth Center for Literary and Cultural Change. The collection includes Ralph Cohen essays, drafts, correspondence regarding The Art of Discrimination, Cohen's dissertation on Hume, and recent books & book on Hume with Cohen marginalia, work on Barnwell, syllabi for courses taught at UVa and JMU; materials related to the Commonwealth Center for Literary and Cultural Change (CCLCC) including seminar events and papers, foundation statement, papers, and tape recordings of presentations. Cohen served as the R. Kenan, Jr. professor of English at the University of Virginia from 1967 to 2009 and also taught at the City College of New York (1947-1950), the University of California Los Angeles (1950-1967), and James Madison University (2010-2013). He founded the journal "New Literary History," an international, interdisciplinary, award-winning journal that Cohen oversaw and edited from 1969 to 2009. He was the Director of the Commonwealth Center for Literary and Cultural Change (1988-94) at the University of Virginia.

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Gift of John Rowlett, 5 December 2023.

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  • Creation: c.1872-2021



7.15 Cubic Feet (7 cubic-foot boxes, 2 oversized folders) ; 1 folder (18 X 24) 1 folder (11 X 14)

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7 cubic boxes, and two oversized folders. ViU-2024-0042_001: Ralph Cohen Essays and correspondence re: The Art of Discrimination and Cohne dissertation on Hume and 3 recent books & book on Hume w/ Cohen marginalia; ViU-2024-0042_002: Ralph Cohen some syllabi for courses taught at UVa and JMU; ViU-2024-0042_003: Ralph Cohen CCLCC Seminar events and papers; ViU-2024-0042_004: Ralph Cohen Foundation statement for CCLCC and other CCLCC papers and Tape recordings of presentations/ Ralph Cohen Essays I; ViU-2024-0042_005: Ralph Cohen Essays II/ Ralph Cohen Essays III; ViU-2024-0042_006: Ralph Cohen Essays III/ Ralph Cohen Barnwel Cohen MSS ViU-2024-0042_007: Ralph Cohen Barnwell/ and Tape recordings of presentations from box 4) Oversize folder 001- Notes Oversize folder 002-Photos and event poster