Arlene R. Keizer
Associate Professor, English School of Humanities
Associate Professor, African American Studies School of Humanities
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1996
M.A., Stanford University, 1988
A.B., Princeton University, 1986
366 Humanities Instructional Building
Irvine, CA 2650
Phone: (949) 824-0718
My current book project analyzes the work of the African American visual artist Kara Walker as a window into black postmodernism. Other projects include a book on the ways in which African Diaspora intellectuals have engaged with psychoanalytic theory and practice and essays on memory and theory.
Fields of Interest:
African American literature and culture, Caribbean literature and culture, literary and critical theory, critical race and ethnic studies, feminist theory, cultural studies
"African American Literature and Psychoanalysis." In A Companion to African American Literature. Ed. Gene Andrew Jarrett. Wiley-Blackwell 2010: 410-20.
“Black Feminist Criticism.” In A History of Feminist Literary Criticism. Ed. Gill Plain and Susan Sellers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007: 154-68.
“Gone Astray in the Flesh: Kara Walker, Black Women Writers, and African American Postmemory.” PMLA 123.5 (October 2008): 1649-72.
Black Subjects: Identity Formation in the Contemporary Narrative of Slavery (Cornell UP, 2004)
“The Geography of the Apocalypse: Incest, Mythology, and the Fall of Washington City in Carolivia Herron’s Thereafter Johnnie.” American Literature 72.2 (June 2000): 387-416.
“Beloved: Ideologies in Conflict, Improvised Subjects.” African American Review 33.1 (Spring 1999): 105-23.