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DegreesNew York University, Ph.D.
New York University, M.A.
SUNY at Stony Brook, B.A.
ExpertiseAmerican and African American Literature and Culture; Critical Race Theory; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Multiethnic Feminisms
ProfileAliyyah I. Abdur-Rahman is an Associate Professor of English, African and Afro-American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Sexuality and Queer Studies. She is the author of _Against the Closet: Black Political Longing and the Erotics of Race_ (Duke UP, 2012). A two-time winner of the Darwin T. Turner Award for Best Essay of the Year in _African American Review_, she publishes widely on topics ranging from the relation of sexuality and social order in slave narratives to the impacts of Civil Rights retrenchment on black familial formation and function in the current, putatively “post-racial,” moment. She is currently at work on a new book, tentatively titled _Millennial Style: The Politics of Experiment in Contemporary African Diasporic Culture_.
|AAAS||79b||Afro-American Literature of the Twentieth Century|
|AAAS||136a||Black Feminist Thought|
|ENG||1a||Introduction to Literary Studies|
|ENG||16a||Slavery and Self-Making in African American Literature|
|ENG||57b||Writing the Nation: James Baldwin, Philip Roth, Toni Morrison|
|ENG||87a||Sex and Race in the American Novel|
|ENG||167b||20th-century Black Fiction|
|ENG||207a||Race, Desire, and the Literary Imagination|
|ENG||227b||American Encounters: Faulkner, Baldwin, Roth, Morrison|
Awards and Honors
Darwin T. Turner Award for Best Essay in African American Review, 2008, 2006 (2008)
Ford Foundation Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship (2008)
Darwin T Turner Award, MLA Division on Black American Literature and Culture (2006)
Alice Richardson Outstanding Dissertation Award, New York University (2005)
Shortell-Holzer (Dean's) Dissertation Fellowship, New York University (2004)
Ford Foundation Fellowship (2003)
Abdur-Rahman, Aliyyah. ""What Moves at the Margin": William Faulkner and Race." Cambridge Companion to William Faulkner. Ed. John T. Mathews., 2014 (forthcoming)
Abdur-Rahman, Aliyyah. "'As though a Metaphor Were Tangible': James Baldwin and Identity." The Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin. Ed. Michele Elam., 2014 (forthcoming)
Abdur-Rahman, Aliyyah. "Tracings: Black Female Figuration in Inner and Outer Space(s)." Callaloo (2009). (forthcoming)
Abdur-Rahman, Aliyyah. ""This Horrible Exhibition": Sexuality in Slave Narratives." The Oxford Handbook of the African American Slave Narrative. Ed. John Ernest., 2014
Abdur-Rahman, Aliyyah. Against the Closet: Black Political Longing and the Erotics of Race. Durham: Duke University Press, 2012.
Abdur-Rahman, Aliyyah. "“The Trope of the Tongue: Reading Alice Walker’s Liberationist Narratives.”." Annual International Conference on Narrative, 2011.
Abdur-Rahman, Aliyyah. ""Simply a Menaced Boy:" Analogizing Color, Undoing Dominance in James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room." African American Review 41.3. Fall 2007 (2008): 477-486.
Abdur-Rahman, Aliyyah. "Harriet Ann Jacobs." The Encyclopedia of Women in World History. 2007.
Abdur-Rahman, Aliyyah. "White Disavowal, Black Enfranchisement, and the Homoerotic in William Faulkner's Light in August." The Faulkner Journal Volume 22.1 & 2. Fall/Spring (2007).
Abdur-Rahman, Aliyyah. ""The Strangest Freaks of Despotism": Queer Sexuality in Antebellum African Slave Narratives." African American Review 40.2. Summer (2006): 223-237.