L. (Looi) van Kessel, MA

  • PhD student
  • Postwar American Literature

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 6553
E-Mail: l.van.kessel@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Centre for the Arts in Society, Literatuurwetenschap
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
P.N. van Eyckhof 1
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 1.04b

Fields of interest

My primary area of interest is in postwar American literature, and especially the treatment of deviant sexuality in this period. My modes of inquiry cross through several disciplines, such as queer studies, genre studies, discourse analysis and legal theory.


Currently, my work is on the American author James Purdy and his treatment of homosexual identity in patriarchal environments. Through a critical analysis of his work, I explore questions concerning the representation of homosexuality, sexual violence and sovereignty over one's own body.

Teaching activities

At present I teach working groups in the BA International Studies program. Courses that I am teaching are, among others, Introduction Cultural Studies, Globalization & Cultural Studies, North American Culture and North American History.

Curriculum vitae

Present: PhD-Candidate at LUCAS, Leiden University (supervisor Prof Dr. E.J. van Alphen)
2012: Research MA in Art and Literary Studies, Leiden University

Present: Lecturer at BA International Studies, Leiden University
President of Cultuur?Barbaar!: platform for art, music and cultural theory, Leiden

2007: Erasmus Grant

Last Modified: 10-12-2015