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Rita Keresztesi

Rita Keresztesi

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1999

Rita Keresztesi specializes in the study of the literary, political and cultural production of the African Diaspora. She has published articles on the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Power movement, Afro-Caribbean culture, and postcolonial West African cinema. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in 2010-2011. She is a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador, see: She is also active in OU’s Education Abroad summer programs: she led courses on film in Arezzo, Italy, Clermont-Ferrand, France, and twice in Tanzania/Zanzibar for the Journey to Africa program.

Office: Cate 2, Room 304

Research and Teaching Interests:
African Diaspora Literary and Cultural Studies: the Harlem Renaissance, Black Arts/Black Power, Anglophone Caribbean Literatures and Music; Postcolonial African Cinema (Francophone West Africa, Nollywood, and Bongo Cinema).

Literary Black Power in the Caribbean (Routledge, 2020 forthcoming)
The Western in the Global South (co-editor) (Routledge, 2015)
Strangers at Home: American Ethnic Modernism between the World Wars (Nebraska UP, 2005)