T.L. (Tessa) de Zeeuw

  • PhD Researcher
  • Literature and Law

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 4178
E-Mail: t.l.de.zeeuw@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

  • Literature and law
  • Law and the Humanities
  • Literature and Politics
  • Theatricality
  • Critical Theory.


My research is concerned with the law's fundamental theatricality, with the idea that justice must be seen to be done. This theatricality consists both of a logic of showing and of acting, and this is how my project deals with questions of legitimacy as well as ethics and politics. Central is the exploration of the kinds of spaces in which this showing and acting occurs. To that extent my project is part of what is being called 'the spatial turn' in law and literature.

Teaching Activities

Co-teaching in the International Studies Elective 'Art, Literature and Law'.

Curriculum vitae

2015 - present: PhD Researcher LUCAS, Leiden University (supervisors: Prof. dr. Frans-Willem Korsten, Dr. Yasco Horsman)

2013-2015: BA Law, Utrecht University.

2012-2013: MA Media Studies - Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, Leiden University (cum laude).

2007-2010: BA Liberal Arts and Sciences, University College Utrecht (cum laude).

Key publication(s)

'Towards a New Judicial Scene for Humans and Animals: Two Modes of Hypocrisy' with Frans-Willem Korsten. In Law and Literature, Published online: 17 March 2015.

Last Modified: 10-12-2015