Gustave Cohen

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Gustave Cohen (1879 - 1958) was a French medievalist.

Cohen was born and grew up in Brussels. He fought for the French army in World War I. He became professor of medieval literature at the Sorbonne, encouraging his students to put on dramatic productions of medieval material. After the Vichy government forced him to resign in 1940, Cohen emigrated to the United States. In February 1942 he helped found the New York École libre des hautes études with Henri Focillon and Jacques Maritain. He established the Entretiens de Pontigny, symposiums of French cultural activity held at Mount Holyoke College in 1942, 1943 and 1944.[1]


  1. ^ Helen Solterer (2006). "Gustave Cohen at Pont-Holyoke: the drama of belonging to France". In Christopher E. G. Benfey. Artists, Intellectuals, And World War II: The Pontigny Encounters at Mount Holyoke College, 1942-1944. Karen Remmler. Univ of Massachusetts Press. pp. 145–161. ISBN 978-1-55849-531-9. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 

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