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Thomas J. FerraroThomas J. Ferraro  
Frances Hill Fox Professor

Office Location: 323 Allen Building
Office Phone: (919) 684-3718
Email Address: ferraro@duke.edu

Teaching (Fall, 2016):

  • English 390-5.01, Special topics in genre Synopsis
    Allen 318, TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM; Allen 318, F 11:45 AM-01:00 PM

Office Hours:

M 3:30-4:45 pm, Th 3:30-4:45 pm, and by appointment

Education:

Ph.D., Yale University

M. Phil., Yale University (with distinction)

M.A., Yale University

B.A., Amherst College
Specialties:

American Literature
Modern to Contemporary
Novels
Professor Ferraro is an aficionado of the great American stuff--Emily Dickinson, Edward Hopper, the Marx Brothers, and Nina Simone--who writes on literature, film, and the performing arts. He is the author of Ethnic Passages: Literary Immigrants in 20th-Century America (U Chicago, 1993), the editor of Catholic Lives, Contemporary America (Duke, 1997), and a contributor to The Columbia History of the American Novel, Scribner's Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History, and The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature .  Of his essays: "Lorenzo's Chrism," concerns the sacred import of (the battle against) a very rare but fatal disease--adrenoleukodystrophy--given its genetic etiology, mysterious biochemistry, and metabolic havoc; "Of 'Lascivious Mysticism' and other Hibernian Matters" looks at the Protestant temptation to fin-de-siecle Catholic decadence in Harold Frederic.  And a recent essay, "Boys to Men," examines the street Catholicism of Irish-American charisma, including the untoward and unsuspected sexual chemistries, in the 1938 Cagney gangster flick, Angels with Dirty Faces.
    Prof. Ferraro's new book, Feeling Italian: the Art of Ethnicity in America (NYU, 2005), explores the Italian aesthetic seduction of the United States--from the sensational trials of murderess Maria Barbella and the eerily prescient city paintings of Joseph Stella to latter-day icons including Sinatra, Madonna, and the Corleones--yielding not the familiar tale of racial assimilation, How the Guineas Got White, but a revelatory counter-drama of ongoing ethnic enculturation, How America Gets (To Feel) Italian.  Feeling Italian is a winner of a 2006 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, for making "an outstanding contribution to American literature."

Curriculum Vitae
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1.  Feeling Italian: the Art of Ethnicity in America. New York UP, May, 2005. (Winner, 2006 American Book Award. Choice, Recommended Book.)  [abs]
  2. TJ Ferraro. Ethnic Passages: Literary Immigrants in Twentieth-Century America. manual. U of Chicago P, 1993. (Chapter I, "Blood in the Marketplace," was originally invited for Werner Sollors, ed., The Invention of Ethnicity [Oxford UP, 1986], and has been reprinted in reference works on Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. The introduction is to be similarly reprinted in August 2008.)
  3.  Catholic Lives, Contemporary America.  Duke UP, 1997.  [abs]
  4. TJ Ferraro. "Boys to Men (Salvific Masculinity in /Angels with Dirty Faces/)." manualCatholics in the Movies. Ed. C McDannell. Oxford University Press, (2008): 59-82. 2008. 59-82.  [abs] [author's comments]
  5. TJ Ferraro. "At long last love; Or, literary history in the key of difference." American Literary History 15.1 (December, 2003): 78-86. [doi]
  6. TJ Ferraro. "Lorenzo’s Chrism." SAQ 103.1 (Winter, 2004): 235-63.
  7. TJ Ferraro. "Of ’Lascivious Mysticism’ and Other Hibernian Matters." U.S. Catholic Historian 23.3 (Summer, 2005): 1-17.
  8. TJ Ferraro. "Whole Families Shopping at Night!." manualNew Essays on White Noise. Ed. F Lentricchia. Cambridge UP, (1991) 1991.  15-38  [author's comments]

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