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Rita Keresztesi

Rita Keresztesi


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

Professor Rita Keresztesi’s research and teaching focus on African and African diaspora literary and cultural studies. She was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar at l’Université Ouaga 1 Professeur Ki-Zerbo, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso during the academic year of 2010-2011. She has been a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Alumni Ambassador since 2016:

She is the author of the book Literary Black Power in the Caribbean: Fiction, Music and Film (Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2021); and of Strangers at Home: American Ethnic Modernism between the World Wars (Nebraska University Press 2005/2009); and the co-editor (with Ellie Higgins and Dayna Oscherwitz) of the book The Western in the Global South (Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2015). Her recent publications focus on West African cinema and music and on Afro-Caribbean literature and culture.

Office: Cate 2, Room 304

Cell: +1 405/388-7604

Research and Teaching Interests:
African American, Afro-Caribbean, and Black African literary and cultural studies: the Harlem Renaissance, Black Arts/Black Power, Afro-Caribbean literature, and postcolonial African cinema.

Literary Black Power in the Caribbean (Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2021)
The Western in the Global South (co-editor) (Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2015)
Strangers at Home: American Ethnic Modernism between the World Wars (Nebraska UP, 2005 and 2009 pb)