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Salah D. Hassan


Poetry and Partition: Barbara Harlow’s Insistence on the ‘Here-and-Now’ of Historical Reality

[Barbara Harlow at a protest at the University of Texas against Israeli settlement construction near Beit Sahour. Image by Sheila Contreras, via the author.]

Barbara Harlow held a visiting position at the National University of Ireland in Galway in the spring of 1992. That same year, she published an essay in Polygraph titled “Drawing the Line: Cultural Politics and the Legacy of Partition,” which offered comparative readings of literature across three colonial contexts: Ireland, India, and Palestine.[1] During the fall semester, upon her return from Ireland to the University of Texas, Austin, where she had been employed since ...

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The Modern Language Association and the 2017 Vote on the Academic Boycott of Israel

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Ten years ago no academic association in the United States, with the possible exception of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), would have been motivated to make public statements critical of Israel. Over the last decade, many members of associations across the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences have taken a stand in support of Palestinians. One way in which this stand has taken form is through resolutions in support of the Boycott, Divestment, and ...

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Salah D. Hassan is an associate professor in the Department of English at Michigan State University. He is an Modern Language Association delegate, is active in MLA Members for Justice in Palestine, and attended the MLA 2017 Convention. He is the author of “Historicizing Palestinian Boycott Politics” for Social Text online and wrote the entry on “Academic Boycott” for the ACLA Ideas of the Decade Report.