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Keith P. Feldman


New Texts Out Now: Keith P. Feldman, A Shadow over Palestine: The Imperial Life of Race in America

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Keith P. Feldman, A Shadow over Palestine: The Imperial Life of Race in America. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Keith P. Feldman (KF): Edward Said once quipped that in the United States, Israel and Palestine are in so many ways “local, not foreign policy, matters.” I began research for this book in order to understand how this came to be so. Of course, in a certain sense, the answer to such a ...

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Fragments from the Breach: On Anti-Racism, American Studies, and the Question of Palestine

[A Palestinian activist wearing a mask of U.S. President Barack Obama, holds a photo of Rosa Parks, when she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus, in the West Bank town of Hebron, Wednesday, March 20, 2013. President Barack Obama is declaring common cause with Israel, highlighting the bonds between the United States and its Mideast ally. Photo by Nasser Shiyoukhi/AP Photo.]

1. Fragment from the breach: As an untenured scholar whose research agenda for the last dozen years has included a focus on the complex cultural life of Israel/Palestine in the United States, I join many in considering this year’s meeting of the American Studies Association historic, enlivening, and, in scholar and poet Fred Moten’s deceptively simple words, “refreshing.” The ASA, its membership, and its leadership is presently asking itself a ...

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Keith P. Feldman


Keith P. Feldman is Assistant Professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also Core Faculty in the Program in Critical Theory and Affiliated Faculty for the Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality, and the Center for Middle East Studies. He is the author of A Shadow over Palestine: The Imperial Life of Race in America (Minnesota, 2015), and his scholarly essays have appeared, or are forthcoming, in American Literary History, American Quarterly, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, Comparative American Studies, Comparative Literature, Comparative Literature Studies, CR: New Centennial Review, Cultural Studies, Intertexts, MELUS, PMLA, Studies in American Jewish Literature, Theory and Event, and several edited collections. His writing has also appeared in Jadaliyya and Al Jazeera English.