Arlene R. Keizer

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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

Phone: (949) 824-6712
Fax: (949) 824-2916

University of California, Irvine
366 Humanities Instructional Building
Mail Code: 2650
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
African American literature and culture, Caribbean literature and culture, literary and critical theory, critical race and ethnic studies, feminist theory, cultural studies
Brown University: Associate Professor with Tenure, 2004-2007
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: Associate Professor with Tenure, 2002-2004
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: Assistant Professor, 1997-2002
Research Abstract
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.
“The Bone Alphabet: A ‘First Reading’ of M. NourbeSe Philip’s Zong! #6.” Jacket2 (February 2014).
“‘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.
Postdoctoral Fellow with the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP), 2006-07.
Edith Goldthwaite Miller Faculty Fellow at the Pembroke Center for Research and Teaching on Women (Pembroke Seminar), Brown University, 2005-06.
A. Bartlett Giamatti Faculty Fellow, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan, 2000-2001 (year-long research fellowship).
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Dissertation Fellowship, American Fellowships Program, 1995-96.
University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA) Literature Grant for work on Passionate Witness: Becoming an African American Juror in the Age of Obama, 2012-13.
Research Center
Critical Theory Institute
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