Kevin Kopelson (born January 23, 1960), is an American literary critic. He received a B.A. from Yale University, a J.D. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Brown University.[1] Currently,[when?] he is Emeritus Professor of English at The University of Iowa.

Kevin Kopelson
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Years active1994–present
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Iowa
InfluencesRoland Barthes
Academic work
Main interestsGender studies literary criticism cultural studies 20th century in literature
Notable worksNeatness Counts

He is a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books.[2] He writes on topics ranging from fin-de-siècle literature to fashion photography.


Kopelson has published in the fields of sexuality studies, critical theory, cultural studies, and 20th-century literature.


  • Love's Litany: The Writing of Modern Homoerotics (Stanford University Press, 1994).[3]
  • Beethoven's Kiss: Pianism, Perversion, and the Mastery of Desire (Stanford University Press, 1996).[4]
  • The Queer Afterlife of Vaslav Nijinsky (Stanford University Press, 1997).[5]
  • Neatness Counts: Essays on the Writer's Desk (University of Minnesota Press, 2004).
  • Sedaris (University of Minnesota Press, 2007).[6]
  • Confessions of a Plagiarist: And Other Tales from School (Counterpath Press, 2012).
  • Adorno and the Showgirl: Or Late Style (2016)


  1. ^ "Kevin Kopelson - Department of English - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - The University of Iowa". Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Kevin Kopelson · LRB". Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  3. ^ Review of Love's Litany: The Writing of Modern Homoerotics:
    • Schehr, Lawrence R. (1995), SubStance, 24 (3): 135–137, doi:10.2307/3685016, JSTOR 3685016CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Allen, Dennis W. (Summer 1995), Modern Fiction Studies, 41 (2): 403–405, JSTOR 26285554CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Maynard, John (Winter 1996), Studies in the Novel, 28 (4): 597–599, JSTOR 29533170CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  4. ^ Review of Beethoven's Kiss: Pianism, Perversion, and the Mastery of Desire:
    • Russ, Michael (May 1997), Music & Letters, 78 (2): 294–296, JSTOR 737410CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  5. ^ Review of The Queer Afterlife of Vaslav Nijinsky:
  6. ^ Review of Sedaris:
    • Madden, Dave (Winter 2008), Prairie Schooner, 82 (4): 174–177, JSTOR 40639745CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)

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