Faculty African American Studies
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Arlene R. Keizer

Associate Professor, English School of Humanities
Associate Professor, African American Studies School of Humanities
Associate Professor, Comparative Literature School of Humanities
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley M.A., Stanford University B.A., Princeton University

366 Humanities Instructional Building
Irvine, CA 2650

Phone: (949) 824-6712
Email: akeizer@uci.edu

My current book project analyzes the work of the African American visual artist Kara Walker as a lens for reading black postmodernist literature, performance, and visual art. Other projects include essays 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

“The Bone Alphabet: A ‘First Reading’ of M. NourbeSe Philip’s Zong! #6.” Jacket2 (February 2014). http://jacket2.org/commentary/first-reading-m-nourbese-philips-zong-6-2

“‘Obsidian Mine’: The Psychic Aftermath of Slavery”—in Samuel R. Delany special issue of American Literary History 24.4 (October 2012): 686-701.

“Incidents in the Lives of Two Postmodern Black Feminists: An Interview with Harryette Mullen.” Postmodern Culture 22.1 (October): n.p.

“‘Our Posteriors, Our Posterity’: The Problem of Embodiment in Suzan-Lori Parks’ Venus and Kara Walker’s Camptown Ladies”—in ‘Scripted Bodies’ special issue of Social Dynamics: A Journal of African Studies 37.2 (October 2011): 200-212.

"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.