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Jeffrey Sacks


New Texts Out Now: Jeffrey Sacks, Iterations of Loss: Mutilation and Aesthetic Form, al-Shidyaq to Darwish

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Jeffrey Sacks, Iterations of Loss: Mutilation and Aesthetic Form, al-Shidyaq to Darwish. New York: Fordham University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Jeffrey Sacks (JS): It’s difficult to talk about beginnings, and so I’m glad you’ve asked about an imperative: What made me write this book? There’s a sentence in one of Mahmoud Darwish’s books, In the Presence of Absence (2006), which reads: “With one massacre, or with two, the name of the ...

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The Irvine 11, the Police, and the Autonomy of the University

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The recent conviction of ten University of California students of two misdemeanor counts of disrupting and conspiring to disrupt a speech given by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren on 8 February 2010, points to the stifling of free speech and academic work and inquiry in the university. Three of the Irvine 11 are students at the University of California, Riverside, and two of these UCR students have been my own: Taher Herzallah and Shaheen Nassar. Both were studious, ...

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Jeffrey Sacks


Jeffrey Sacks is Associate Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside. His work focuses on poetics, critical theory, Arabic studies, Arab Jewish writing, the question of Palestine, Arabic philosophy, colonialism, philology, and loss. He is the author of Iterations of Loss: Mutilation and Aestheic Form, al-Shidyaq to Darwish (Fordham, 2015); recent work has been published in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East; Middle Eastern Literatures; MLN: Modern Language Notes; and The Journal of Palestine Studies.