Gaston Franssen (1977) is assistant professor of Literary Culture at the University of Amsterdam. He lectured at the University of Tilburg and Utrecht University, and was managing director of the Dutch Graduate School for Literary Studies (OnderzoekSchool Literatuurwetenschap OSL).
In 2008, he defended his PhD thesis gerrit kouwenaar en de politiek van het lezen (Nijmegen: Vantilt), an analysis of the interpretive conventions at work in Dutch poetry criticism. In 2016, he acted as main organizer of the 3rd International Routledge Celebrity Studies Journal Conference: Authenticating Celebrity (Amsterdam, June 28-30, 2016), which will result in a special conference issue of Celebrity Studies Journal. In 2016 and 2017, he edited volumes Celebrity Authorship and Afterlives in English and American Literature (Palgrave Macmillan) and Idolizing Authorship: Literary Celebrity and the Construction of Identity, 1800 to Present (Amsterdam University Press). In 2018, he co-edited a special issue of Nederlandse letterkunde on literary perspectives on medicine, psychosomatics and psychiatry.
Franssen's current research focuses on the impact of cultural diversification on modern literature and literary culture. Research topics include contemporary Dutch and American-English literature, bestseller authorship, literary celebrity, literary fandom, therapeutic fiction/fictional therapy, illness narratives, medical/health humanities, the narrative self and discourses of subjectivity.