John Charles Hillis Professor of Literature and Department Chair

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Behdad, Ali
Professor and Chair
Humanities 191
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Education

  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1983
  • M.A., University of Michigan, 1986
  • M.A., Middlebury College, 1988
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1990

Interests

Postcolonial Literature and Theory; Literary and Cultural Theory; European Representation of the Middle East; Victorian Novel and Travel Literature; US Immigration History; 19th Century Photography of/in the Middle East.

Selected Works

Books:

  • Contact Visions: On Photography and Modernity in the Middle East 1860-1910 (Manuscript in progress).
  • A Forgetful Nation: On Immigration and Cultural Identity in the United States, (Duke University Press, September 2005).
  • Belated Travelers: Orientalism in the Age of Colonial Dissolution (Durham: Duke University Press, 1994).
  • Ed. Orientalism Beyond "Orientalism," special issue of L'Esprit Createur (Summer 1994).
  • A Companion to Comparative Literature, co-edited with Dominic Thomas, Oxford, England: Blackwell Publishing, 2011.
  • Photography’s Orientalism: New Essays on Colonial Representation, co-edited with Luke Garland, Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2013.

Book Chapters/Articles:

  • “The Orientalist Photograph,” Photography’s Orientalism: New Essays on Colonial Representation, edited by Ali Behdad and Luke Garland, Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2013.
  • “What Can American Studies and Comparative Literature Learn from Each Other,” American Literary History, Volume 24, Number 3, Fall, 2012, pp. 608-817.
  • “Fotografisches Gedächtnis: Bahman Jalali und die Geschichte der Fotografie im Iran” (Photographic Memory: Bahman Jalali and the History of Photography in Iran), Bahman Jalali (Exhibition Catalogue), edited by Catherine David, (Köln: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2011), pp. 182-188, 214-219.
  • “Orientalism Matters,” Modern Fiction Studies, 56:4 (Winter 2011), pp. 709-728.
  • “Postcolonial Theory and the Predicament of “Minor Literature,” in Minor Transnationalisms, edited by Francoise Lionnet and Shu-mei Shih, (Durham: Duke University Press, 2005).
  • “On Globalization, Again,” in Postcolonialism and Beyond, edited by Suvir Kaul and Ania Lumba, (Durham: Duke University Press, 2005).
  • "Une Pratique Sauvage: Postcolonial Belatedness and Cultural Politics," The Pre-Occupation of Postcolonial Studies Postcolonial, edited by Fawzia Afzal-Khan and Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks (Durham: Duke University Press, 2000).
  • “Foreign Objects: Finding Solutions to Democracy’s Problems,” (and Juliet Williams), Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies, (2001).
  • "National Identity and Immigration: American Polity, Nativism, and the "Alien," in Beyond Dichotomies, edited by Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi, (Buffalo: SUNY Press, 2000).
  • "The Powerful Art of Qajar Photography: Orientalism and (Self)-Orientalizing in Nineteenth-Century Iran," special issue on "Representing the Qajars: New Research in the Study of 19th-Century Iran," edited by Layla Diba, Journal of Iranian Studies, (2001).
  • “Founding Myths of the Nation, Or What Jefferson and Hamilton Forgot about Immigration,” Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies," (2001).
  • "Orientalist or Orienteur? Antoin Sevruguin and the Margin of Photography," Sevruguin and the Persian Image, edited by Fredrick Bohrer, Washington, D.C.: Sackler Gallery Series, Smithsonian Museum, (1999).
  • "INS and Outs: Producing Delinquency at the Border," Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, (Spring 1998).
  • "Reflections on the Family Photos of Iranians in Los Angeles," Suitcase (Summer 1997).
  • "Nationalism and Immigration in the United States," in Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies, (1997).
  • "Eroticism, Colonialism, and Violence," Identity, Violence and Self-determination, edited by Samuel Weber and Peter van der Veer, (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997).
  • "Border INSpection: Crossing the U.S. Border," Centuries' Ends, Narrative Means, edited by Robert Newman (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996).