College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Van Kelly

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures - Department of French & Italian
Associate Professor
Primary office:
785-864-9073
Wescoe Hall
Room 2073
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590


Prof Kelly specializes in contemporary French literature, the interrelationship of the arts, and French cinema.  He regularly teaches courses in those fields.  In poetry, novel, autofiction, and film, he is particularly interested in the conjuncture of tactile expression and sequencing (gesture, rhythm, paronomasia, image, sound and/or silence, pov, montage, collage, strophes or experiments in visual and writerly grouping of verse, plot events, images, maxims) with broader questions of self-crafting and ideology (liberations, resistances, human rights, social palimpsests and registers, national and transnational political thought, utopias and dystopias).

Teaching Interests

  • Twentieth/Twenty-First Century French-Francophone Literature-Culture-Film-Ideologies
  • History of Paris
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Senegal
  • African Cities
  • Postcolonial Francophone Film

Research Interests

  • Twentieth/Twenty-First Century French-Francophone Literature-Culture-Film-Ideologies
  • History of Paris
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Senegal
  • African Cities
  • Postcolonial Francophone Film

Service

Graduate Director, French and Italian; Member, Executive Committee, Kansas African Studies Center



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