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Rita Keresztesi

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Professor Keresztesi teaches courses on ethnic American modernism, the Harlem Renaissance, Black Arts/Black Power, the Postcolony/West Aftican Cinema, and theory and cultural studies. Her interdisciplinary interests include Afro-Caribbean and West African culture and politics in film and music. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the Department of Anglophone Studies, University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West Africa, September 2010 through July 2011.

She is the author of Strangers at Home: American Ethnic Modernism between the World Wars (Nebraska UP, 2005 and 2009). She co-edit the book The Western in the Global South with MaryEllen Higgins and Dayna Oscherwitz (Routledge, 2015). Her recent publications include
“Cowboys and West Indians: Decolonizing the Western in Perry
Henzell’s The Harder They Come” in The Western in the Global South, eds. Higgins, Keresztesi and Oscherwitz (Routledge 2015); "Hurston in Haiti:  Neocolonialism and Zombification" in Race, Oppression and the Zombie, ed. Christopher Moreman (McFarland, 2011); "Ethnic Modernism" in Blackwell's Companion to the Modern American Novel, ed. John Matthews (Blackwell, 2009); "George Schuyler's Black No More (1931)" in Teaching the Harlem Renaissance, ed. Michael Soto (Peter Lang, 2008).

More information about her book Strangers at Home can be found here; and the co-edited volume The Western in the Global South here:

She is currently the Director of Graduate Studies in English.
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