Leiden University

Looi van Kessel is assistant professor in literary studies at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS), where he is the coordinator for the minor program Gender and Sexuality in Society and Culture. He has finished his PhD in 2019, writing on melodrama and sexual identity in the works of American author James Purdy. Looi is co-chief editor for Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies (Dutch Journal for Gender Studies) and editorial board member for Arabesken, the journal of the Louis Couperus Genootschap. Amongst other things, Looi has published about James Purdy, performance artist Gerard & Kelly, RuPaul’s Drag Race and Deaf drag performers Deafies in Drag.
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