Kevin Kopelson is an associate professor of English at the University of Iowa. Most of his work has explored the discursive construction of twentieth-century sexuality, paying particular attention to supposedly outmoded art forms and ideologies. Kopelson is the author of three books: Love’s Litany: The Writing of Modern Homoerotics (Stanford University Press: 1994), Beethoven’s Kiss: Pianism, Perversion, and the Mastery of Desire (Stanford University Press: 1996), and The Queer Afterlife of Vaslav Nijinsky (Stanford University Press: 1997).
At Radcliffe, Kopelson will write a book about the poetics of the modern writer’s desk. By examining various poets, novelists, essayists, dramatists, and travel writers, he hopes to understand the connections between the literal topography of workspace and the figurative topography of creative imagination.
After graduating from Yale College, Kopelson earned a JD from Columbia University and a PhD from Brown University. Among his honors and awards are a Rockefeller Foundation residency at Bellagio in Italy, and a Mellon Foundation fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.