Masood Raja

Masood Raja

Originally from Pakistan, Dr. Masood Ashraf Raja is an Associate Professor of Postcolonial Literature and Theory at the University of North Texas and the author of "The Religious Right and the Talibanization of America" (Palgrave, 2016). Raja tweets @masoodraja

The Floods in Pakistan: Short Interview with Fayyaz Baqir, Director Akhter Hameed Khan Resource Center

The Floods in Pakistan Short Interview with Fayyaz Baqir, Director Akhter Hameed Khan Resource Center Islamabad, August 20, 2010 Maggie Ronkin ronkinm@georgetown.edu Donor link: http://www.rspn.org/news/flood.html 1. What regions of Pakistan and sectors of the population are affected most by the tragic flooding? Vast swaths of land in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (previously the Northwest Frontier Province), Southern…

Thoughts on my Last Class at Kent State

Yesterday was the last day of my summer graduate seminar on Postmodernism and also my last day of teaching at Kent State University. I came to Kent State in the fall of 2006 immediately after finishing my Ph.D. at Florida State. Looking back at my three and a half years at Kent as a full-time…

Linda Hutcheon: Reading Notes for Chapters 1 & 2

By Alex Hall and Caleb Berkemeier (Reading Notes for Linda Hutcheon’s A Poetics of Postmodernism: History, Theory, Fiction) Chapter One: In this first chapter, entitled “Theorizing the Postmodern: Toward a Poetics,” Linda Hutcheon informs the reader that the purpose of this book is to attempt a thorough definition of “postmodernism”—a concept that she claims is…

The Incompatiblity of Conservatism and Humanities

I recently found myself stating in one of my classes that conservative thought was inherently incompatible with humanistic inquiry and praxis. Though I offered a brief explanation of my  statement to my class, I felt that there was a need to further expound my statement and to trace the very geneology of my desire to…

Ihab Hassan: Notes by Alex Hall and Caleb Berkemeier

(Note: These two entries were chosen as the two Best Journal Responses in my Graduate course on Postmodernism and are posted here with the authors’ permission. This entry should be read in conjunction with “Postmodernism: Introductory Notes” and the  earlier entry on Ihab Hassan) By Alex Hall In “Toward a Concept of Postmodernism,” from Ihab…

Postmodernism: Reading Notes by Caleb Berkemeier

By Caleb Anthony Berkemeier (Note: This was chosen as the Best Journal Response in my Graduate course on Postmodernism and is posted here with the author’s permission. This entry should be read in conjunction with “Postmodernism: Introductory Notes“) Presently, it would be hard to find a more contentious topic of discussion than the meaning of…

Egypt to Keep Rafah Crossing Open

In the latest turn of events from Gaza, Egyptian government has decided to keep the Rafah crossing, the only one on Egyptian side, open indefinitely. Their main argument is that the blockade has not worked and that Israel needs to find another way of dealing with Hamas. This is certainly welcome news, for at least…

Israel: Killing Peace in International Waters

The news has barely hit the networks, but the spin has already begun: The BBC Video on the killing of peace activists by the IDF suggests in its tone as if it is an accident, as the IDF soldiers are highly trained and accustomed to these kind of operations. Another speculation is that, somehow, these…

Review: Time and the River

Time and the River, Heinemann/Harcourt, 2007, By Zee Edgell Published in 2007, Time and the River is by far the most intriguing and enlightening work by the Belizean author Zee Edgell, author of highly acclaimed novel Beka Lamb. In the literary circles of United States, the slave narrative is an established form of writing that…