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dr. Roel van den Oever


  • VU University Amsterdam Faculty of Humanities De Boelelaan 1105 1081 HV Amsterdam Netherlands

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Dr. Roel van den Oever is assistant professor of English literature and American studies at the Faculty of Humanities, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He holds a ‘doctoraal’ degree, cum laude, in American studies from Radboud University Nijmegen (1997-2001). At Radboud University, he also completed a postgraduate program in philosophy on a Thomas More scholarship (2001-2002). He was a visiting student at the University of Iowa (2001), where he took courses in film theory and queer studies. As a research fellow at the Center for the Humanities, Wesleyan University (2005-2006), he published on the poets Allen Ginsberg and Frank O’Hara. He received his Ph.D. degree, cum laude, from Maastricht University (2007-2011). In 2012, Palgrave Macmillan published his book Mama’s Boy: Momism and Homophobia in Postwar American Culture.

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Research Output 2002 2018

The English Patient After All

van den Oever, R. V. J., 2017, Hans Bak: Man of Letters. Mehring, F., Plessius, I., Roza, M. & Visser-Maessen, L. (eds.). p. 107-109 3 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Gay Male Literature

van den Oever, R. V. J., 2016, The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Naples, N. A. (ed.). Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell, 3 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic


van den Oever, R. V. J., 2016, Gender: Sources, Perspectives, and Methodologies. Hoogland, R. C. (ed.). Farmington Hills: Macmillan References USA, p. 181-191 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Angels in America en het mama-isme

van den Oever, R. V. J., 2015, In : Vooys, tijdschrift voor Letteren. 33, 3, p. 8-17 10 p.

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Activities 2002 2018

  • 12 Lecture / Presentation
  • 3 Conference
  • 2 Editorial work
  • 1 Membership

The Narrator in Comics Narratology

Roel van den Oever (Speaker)
17 Nov 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

22nd Netherlands American Studies Association Amerikanistendag

R.V.J. van den Oever (Organiser)
10 Jun 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Digressions (Journal)

R.V.J. van den Oever (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Holy Camp, Batman! Deconstructing the Opposition Between Seriousness and Silliness in the Batman Universe

M. van Kreij (Speaker), R.V.J. van den Oever (Speaker)
3 Jul 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic