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Kevin Kopelson

Kevin Kopelson
Ph.D. Brown University, 1991; M.A., 1988
Curriculum Vitae:

Research Interests

20th Century Cultural Studies

Kevin Kopelson, who joined the English Department in 1992, specializes in critical theory, cultural studies, queer theory, and twentieth-century literature. He has published numerous articles, numerous book reviews, and seven books: Adorno and the Showgirl, Or Late Style (2016); Confessions of a Plagiarist: And Other Tales from School (Counterpath Press, 2012); Sedaris (University of Minnesota Press, 2007); Neatness Counts: Essays on the Writer's Desk (University of Minnesota Press, 2004); The Queer Afterlife of Vaslav Nijinsky (Stanford University Press, 1997); Beethoven's Kiss: Pianism, Perversion, and the Mastery of Desire (Stanford University Press, 1996); and Love's Litany: The Writing of Modern Homoerotics (Stanford University Press, 1994). He is an occasional contributor to the London Review of Books. His awards include a Rockefeller Foundation Residency in Italy, a Camargo Foundation Residency in France, a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship at Harvard University, and a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. He was selected UI Faculty Scholar for 1997-2000.

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Sedaris           Essays on the Writer's Desk          The Queer Afterlife of Vaslav Nijinsky           Pianism, Perversion, and the Mastery of Desire          Kopelson          Love's Litany