Arin Keeble

Biography

My research focuses on the literary and cultural response to terrorism and crisis. I believe that through analysis of the ways texts represent, resist and/or reinforce the official narratives of “events” or moments of rupture, it is possible to move beyond often limited and reductive understandings of such phenomena. My research seeks to operate within the "world narrative," and by engaging with literature and culture, probes the extents to which we can understand instances of terror and crisis as symptoms of neoliberalism, structural inequality and uneven world-systems. Additionally, I am increasingly interested in the way literature depicts the intersection of traumatic ruptures with long-established patterns of state violence, systemic prejudice and other forms of slow violence.

My first monograph, The 9/11 Novel: Trauma, Politics and Identity was published in 2014 and my second monograph, Narratives of Hurricane Katrina in Context: Literature, Film and Television, was published in 2019 by Palgrave. I am presently working on a new book, under contract with Edinburgh University Press, called Twenty-First Century Fictions of Terrorism, which should appear in 2022. I am also co-editing (with Maria Torres-Quevedo and Sheri-Marie Harrison) a collection of essays on Jesmyn Ward, also under contract with EUP and scheduled for publication in 2023. I have published scholarly articles in Journal of American Studies, Parallax, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, Modern Language Review, Comparative American Studies, European Journal of American Culture, Canadian Review of American Studies, Reconstruction and Punk and Post Punk. I am co-editor (with Samuel Thomas) of a cluster of essays on ‘new literary television’ published by Post45Contemporaries, to which I also contributed. Other essays of mine appear in the Routledge Companion to Twenty-First Century Literary Fiction (2019), The City in American Literature and Culture (CUP 2021), and The Routledge Companion to Modern Literature and Music (2021). I also have written book reviews and literary journalism for the Times Literary Supplement, the Financial Times and The Independent.

I am a member of the British Association of American Studies, the British Association of Contemporary Literary Studies and am Vice Chair of Contemporary Studies Network

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Globalism, Multiculturalism and Violence in Zia Hader Rahman’s In the Light of What We Know (2014) and Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire (2017)

Journal Article
Keeble, A., & Annesley, J. (2021)
Globalism, Multiculturalism and Violence in Zia Hader Rahman’s In the Light of What We Know (2014) and Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire (2017). Parallax, 27(1), 79-97. https://doi.org/10.1080/13534645.2021.1976463

From Trauma Theory to Systemic Violence: Narratives of Post-Katrina New Orleans

Book Chapter
Keeble, A. (2021)
From Trauma Theory to Systemic Violence: Narratives of Post-Katrina New Orleans. In K. R. McNamara (Ed.), The City in American Literature and Culture (276-292). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
This chapter begins with a discussion of some of the contemporary critiques that have been aimed at trauma theory, focussing specifically on the way writing by Lauren Berlant ...

The Implicated Neoliberal Subject in Thomas Pynchon's Bleeding Edge

Journal Article
Stacy, I., & Keeble, A. (in press)
The Implicated Neoliberal Subject in Thomas Pynchon's Bleeding Edge. Journal of American Studies, https://doi.org/10.1017/S002187582100058X
This article argues that in Bleeding Edge, Pynchon moves from an oppositional schema in which the world is divided into elect and preterite populations towards one that is con...

“Siblings, Kinship and Allegory in Jesmyn Ward’s Fiction and Nonfiction”

Journal Article
Keeble, A. (2019)
“Siblings, Kinship and Allegory in Jesmyn Ward’s Fiction and Nonfiction”. Critique, 61(1), 40-51. https://doi.org/10.1080/00111619.2019.1663145
This article examines the centrality of sibling relationships in Jesmyn Ward’s fiction and nonfiction, focusing specifically on her second novel Salvage the Bones (2011) and m...

Narratives of Hurricane Katrina in Context: Literature, Film and Television

Book
Keeble, A. (2019)
Narratives of Hurricane Katrina in Context: Literature, Film and Television. Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-16353-2
This book analyzes six key narratives of Hurricane Katrina across literature, film and television from the literary fiction of Jesmyn Ward to the cinema of Spike Lee. It argue...

The 9/11 Novel

Book Chapter
Keeble, A. (2018)
The 9/11 Novel. In The Routledge Companion to Twenty-First Century Literary Fiction, (273-286). London: Taylor & Francis
Abstract not available.

Bleeding Edge, Neo-Liberalism, and the 9/11 Novel.

Journal Article
Keeble, A. (2019)
Bleeding Edge, Neo-Liberalism, and the 9/11 Novel. Canadian Review of American Studies, 1-22. https://doi.org/10.3138/cras.2017.028
This article argues that Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge (2013) can be read within the canon of 9/11 novels in unexpected and productive ways. Its rich, intertwined narrative o...

Interview with Tim Irwin, Director of We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (2005) and Don’t Break Down: A Film about Jawbreaker (2017)

Journal Article
Keeble, A. (2017)
Interview with Tim Irwin, Director of We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (2005) and Don’t Break Down: A Film about Jawbreaker (2017). Punk and Post Punk, 6(1), 157-162. https://doi.org/10.1386/punk.6.1.157_7
This interview was conducted over Skype on 26 March 2017. I contacted Tim Irwin for an interview with two main goals in mind. First, I was hoping for insight into his new film...

Blake Schwarzenbach and the anxieties of American punk rock: 1991–present

Journal Article
Keeble, A. (2016)
Blake Schwarzenbach and the anxieties of American punk rock: 1991–present. Punk and Post Punk, 5(3), 295-310. https://doi.org/10.1386/punk.5.3.295_1
This article argues that Blake Schwarzenbach was a pivotal figure in the evolution of American punk from the early 1990s. Schwarzenbach’s journey as a punk figure has exemplif...

Won’t bow: Don’t know how: Treme, New Orleans and American exceptionalism

Journal Article
Keeble, A. (2016)
Won’t bow: Don’t know how: Treme, New Orleans and American exceptionalism. European Journal of American Culture, 35(1), 51-67. https://doi.org/10.1386/ejac.35.1.51_1
This article examines the depiction of exceptionalism in David Simon and Eric Overmeyer’s television series, Treme, and argues that the series uses its New Orleans microcosm t...

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