Thomas J Ferraro |
Frances Hill Fox Professor of English
Office Location: 323 Allen
Office Phone: 919-684-3718
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office Hours:
- Spring 2015
M. Phil., Yale University (with distinction)
B.A., Amherst College (summa cum laude; valedictorian)
- Ph.D., Yale University (Co-Winner, Field Prize for Distinguished Humanities Dissertation)
Modern to Contemporary
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
- Feeling Italian: the Art of Ethnicity in America. New York UP, May, 2005. (Winner, 2006 American Book Award. Choice, Recommended Book.) [abs]
- Ethnic Passages: Literary Immigrants in Twentieth-Century America. 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.)
- Catholic Lives, Contemporary America. Duke UP, 1997.
- "Boys to Men (Salvific Masculinity in /Angels with Dirty Faces/)." Catholics in the Movies. Ed. Colleen McDannell. Oxford University Press,
59-82. [abs] [author's comments]
- "'At Long Last Love'; or, Literary History in the Key of Difference." ALH [American Literary History] 15.1
- "Lorenzo's Chrism." SAQ 103.1
(Winter, 2004): 235-63.
- "Of 'Lascivious Mysticism' and Other Hibernian Matters." U.S. Catholic Historian 23.3
(Summer, 2005): 1-17.
- "Whole Families Shopping at Night!." New Essays on White Noise. Ed. Frank Lentricchia. Cambridge UP,
15-38 [author's comments]