Rita Keresztesi

Burkina Faso
  • Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English
  • University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
  • Lecturing and Research: Transnational Dialogues: Black Power in the African Diaspora
  • University of Ouagadougou, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • September 2010 - June 2011
  • Fulbright Presentation (.PDF)
  • Curriculum Vitae (.PDF)
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  • Email: ritak@ou.edu

Rita Keresztesi received her Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1999. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma. Rita teaches courses on ethnic American modernism, the Harlem Renaissance, Black Arts/Black Power, the Postcolony/West African Cinema, and theory and cultural studies. Her interdisciplinary interests include Afro-Caribbean and West African culture and politics in film and music.

Rita was a Fulbright Scholar at the Department of Anglophone Studies, University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in 2010-2011. She is the author of Strangers at Home: American Ethnic Modernism between the World Wars (Nebraska UP, 2005 and 2009). She is co-editor of 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); and "George Schuyler's Black No More (1931)" in Teaching the Harlem Renaissance, ed. Michael Soto (Peter Lang, 2008).