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Habiba Ibrahim

Associate Professor
PDL A-304


B.A., Brooklyn College, 1998
Ph.D., University at Albany, 2005

Areas of Specialization

20th-century African American Literary and Cultural Studies, Feminist Theory, Critical Race Theory

Activities and Interests

My work explores the cultural politics of race and racial genealogies. More specifically, it explores how black novelists, essayists, and memoirists interpret and represent the twentieth century, colloquially known as the “long American century.” To the degree that all deep cultural and social identities, such as race, in order to be viable, must be able to narrate their existence over a broad period of time and across historical changes, I examine how black writers represent the manifold changes in the meaning of “blackness” across the changing legal and political situation of the United States. Most basically one can think of this as an investigation of the relationship between blackness, temporality, and narrative methods of representation. I think of temporality, or the condition that connects a single cultural identity to particular moments across time, as key to understanding how narratives of the twentieth century by black and non-black writers reveal profound challenges to earlier and enduring accounts of blackness in the United States

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