Benjamin Kahan

Benjamin  Kahan 

Associate Professor

Bachelor's Degree(s): Northwestern

Master's Degree: University of Pennsylvania

PhD: University of Pennsylvania

Phone: (225) 578-3156


Office: 223-D Allen Hall


Benjamin Kahan is an Associate Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at Louisiana State University. He has held postdoctoral fellowships at Washington University in St. Louis, Emory University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Sydney, the National Humanities Center, and the Reed Foundation. He is the author of Celibacies: American Modernism and Sexual Life (Duke, 2013) and the editor of Heinrich Kaan’s “Psychopathia Sexualis” (1844): A Classic Text in the History of Sexuality (Cornell, 2016). His book The Book of Minor Perverts: Sexology, Etiology, and the Emergences of Sexuality is currently in production with University of Chicago Press.


Area of Interest

The history of sexuality and gender, queer theory, 20th century American literature and culture, psychoanalysis and sexology, race and ethnicity, critical theory.

Recent Publications

“Volitional Etiologies” Modernism/modernity 25.3, special issue on “Weak Theory” edited by Paul Saint-Amour (forthcoming September 2018)

  “José Garcia Villa’s Transpacific Queer Aesthetics: Reversed Consonance and Combinatory Orientalism” (solicited for Journal of American Studies, special issue on “American Studies in the Pacific” edited by Sarah Gleeson-White and Thomas Adams) (forthcoming August 2018)

  “Gay Autobiography in the Interwar Years, Or What Kind of Theory of Biography Does Queer Theory Need?” (The Cambridge History of American Gay Autobiography edited by David Bergman) (forthcoming)

  “Ray Johnson’s Anti-Archive: Sadomasochism, Blackface, and the Sexual and Racial Imagination of Pop Art” Angelaki: A Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 23.1, special issue on “Queer Objects” edited by Guy Davidson and Monique Rooney, (2018): 61-84

  “Conjectures on the Sexual World-System” GLQ: A  Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 23.3 (2017): 327-357 

  “Antediluvian Sex: Countée Cullen, Christopher Smart, and the Queerness of Uplift” African American Review 48.1-2 (Spring/Summer 2015): 191-202

  “The Walk-in Closet: Situational Homosexuality and Homosexual Panic in Hellman’s The Children’s Hour,” Criticism 55.2 (Spring 2013): 177-201 

“Queer Modernism” in A Handbook of Modernism Studies, ed. Jean-Michel Rabaté (Wiley-Blackwell, May 2013): 343-358



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