Dr. Y. (Yasco) Horsman

  • Lecturer
  • Literary Studies

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2777
E-Mail: y.horsman@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Centre for the Arts in Society, Literatuurwetenschap
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
van Wijkplaats 2
2311 BX Leiden
Room number 2.01b


As I was writing my thesis I became increasingly interested in psychoanalytic theory. I therefore chose to move to the USA after graduating from Leiden to become a graduate student at Yale University in New Haven, where I worked with scholars such as Shoshana Felman, Peter Brooks and Geoffrey Hartman – all experts on ‘literature & psychoanalysis'. At Yale, I became involved with the then emerging field of trauma studies, and I worked for the Fortunoff video library of Holocaust testimonies, and as an assistant of the Yale Genocide Studies Center. My PhD dissertation (supervisor Shoshana Felman) studied the role of trials in the process of a national ‘coming to terms’ with the past. I juxtaposed these trials with literary texts of the same period. Before returning to Leiden in September 2004, I taught courses on Contemporary Civilization at Columbia University in New York, and courses on Visual Culture, on Cinema and on Critical Theory at NYU and at the Tisch School of the Arts.

Curriculum Vitae

When I studied Comparative Literature at Leiden University in the 1990s, I was mainly interested in gender theory and in the relations between literature and popular culture. My MA thesis (supervisor Ernst van Alphen) was on the construction of masculinity in the 1950s American discourse on the ‘juvenile delinquent’ / ‘teenage rebel’ (i.e. James Dean, Norman Mailer, etc.).

Teaching activities

At Leiden, I am very happy to be teaching courses on Intermediality ("Paragone"), Literary Theory ("Basisbegrippen") and on Gender and Sexuality. I am particularly looking forward to the 2006 MA seminar on "De Man, Derrida and Benjamin," in which we will be tackling some of the twentieth century's most challenging writings on literature.

Last Modified: 10-12-2015