Peer-reviewed books

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • Oever, Roel van den. “Carla en Frank van Putten, moeder en zoon: Een narratologische analyse van de Van Kooten en De Bie filmpjes.” Tijdschrift voor genderstudies, vol. 16, no. 3, 2013, pp. 44-53.
  • Oever, Roel van den. “‘A Common Ear / For Our Deep Gossip’: Selfhood and Friendship in the Poetry of Allen Ginsberg and Frank O’Hara.” Amerikastudien, vol. 53, no. 4, 2008, pp. 521-33.

Peer-reviewed book contributions

Journal articles

  • Oever, Roel van den. “Angels in America en het mama-isme.” Vooys: Tijdschrift voor letteren, vol. 33, no. 3, 2015, pp. 8-17.
  • Oever, Roel van den. “De ultieme ‘fag-hag’? De constructie van Madonna als homo-icoon.” Raffia, vol. 14, no. 3, 2002, pp. 6-8.

Book contributions


  • Oever, Roel van den. “The (Un)bearable Lightness of Sex.” Review of Sex, or the Unbearable, by Lauren Berlant and Lee Edelman. Criticism, vol. 59, no. 1, 2018, pp. 171-74.
  • Oever, Roel van den. “A New Queer Companion for the Classroom.” Review of A Companion to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies, edited by George E. Haggerty and Molly McGarry. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, vol. 16, no. 1-2, 2010, pp. 330-32.

Conference papers

  • Oever, Roel van den. “Gazing at/in God’s Own Country.” Rural Imaginations, University of Amsterdam, 24 Aug. 2022.
  • Swinnen, Aagje, and Roel van den Oever. “‘Masculinity Is Always in Crisis’: Late-Life Masculinity in Historical Perspective.” Farewell Colloquium for Dr. Ulrike Brunotte, Maastricht University, 15 Sep. 2021.
  • Oever, Roel van den. “The Narrator in Comics Narratology.” Amsterdam Comics Conference: Drawing Yourself In and Out of It, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 17 Nov. 2018.
  • Oever, Roel van den. “A Rose by Any Other Name: On Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Private Romeo, and the Suppression of Names.” Critical Theory in the Humanities: Resonances of the Work of Judith Butler, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 6 Apr. 2017.
  • Kreij, Max van, and Roel van den Oever. “Holy Camp, Batman! Deconstructing the Opposition Between Seriousness and Silliness in the Batman Universe.” Amsterdam Comics Conference: Comics Interaction, University of Amsterdam, 3 July 2015.
  • Oever, Roel van den. “The Jewish Mother and the Mama’s Boy in 1960s American Fiction.” The Homophobic Argument: National Politics and Sexuality in Transregional Perspective, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 19 June 2014.
  • Oever, Roel van den. “Carla en Frank van Putten vieren kerst.” Het M-woord, Maastricht University, 2 Mar. 2012.
  • Oever, Roel van den. “Angels in America and Momism.” National American Studies Day: American Memory, American Forgetting, Leiden University, 1 Apr. 2011.
  • Oever, Roel van den. “Room for Maneuver: The Jewish Mother Cliché in Portnoy’s Complaint (Philip Roth, 1969).” 2010 Joint GLS Symposium, Reed College, 26 June 2010.
  • Oever, Roel van den. “All the Queerness You Can Eat: From Martyr to Masochist in Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer (1958).” Points of Exit: (Un)conventional Representations of Parenting, Age, and Sexuality, Maastricht University, 20 Mar. 2009.
  • Oever, Roel van den. “‘I Was Made in the Image of a Sissy Truck-Driver’: Homosexuality in the Poetry of Frank O’Hara.” The New York School Poets and Their World, Wesleyan University, 5 May 2006.
  • Oever, Roel van den. “Frank O’Hara’s Good-Luck Charm: Complicity in a ‘Personal Poem.’” ASCA Theory Seminar Mini-Conference: Commitment in the Humanities, University of Amsterdam, 27 May 2005.
  • Oever, Roel van den. “Larry Rivers’ O’Hara: A Gay Icon in the Making.” National American Studies Day, University of Amsterdam, 18 Mar. 2005.
  • Oever, Roel van den. “Traces of a Dead Man: Jasper Johns’ Skin with O’Hara Poem (1963-65).” ASCA Theory Seminar Mini-Conference: World Memory, Affect and Trauma, and Sound, University of Amsterdam, 20 May 2004.


  • Oever, Roel van den. “What We Want from Representation (And Why We Can’t Have It).” VU Pride, 20 Sep. 2022.
  • Oever, Roel van den. “Gender Trouble Revisited.” Design Academy Eindhoven, 20 Jan. 2022.