Thomas J. Ferraro

Frances Hill Fox Professor of English

External address: 
323 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708-0015
Phone: 
(919) 684-3718
Office Hours: 
M 3:30-4:45 pm, Th 3:30-4:45 pm, and by appointment

Overview

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 Feeling Italian: The Art of Ethnicity in America (NYU, 2005; winner of a 2006 American Book Award), 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.  Contrary by temperament, at least as a scholar-critic, he is currently at work on a Marian Catholic pedagogy of the great American novel: a revisionist account of the interplay among violative self-making, transgressive sexuality and redemptive sacrifice, in an effort to recapture both the aesthetic wonder and social danger of the canonical warhorses (from Hawthorne's A Scarlet Letter and Melville's Billy Budd to Chopin, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Hurston) .  Of course his arguments don't always turn out as projected--witness the recent accounting of Willa Cather's The Professor's House, in which the resurgent discourse of sin gives Ferraro, like the title character, his comeuppance.
 

Education

  • Ph.D., Yale University 1988
  • M.A., Yale University 1983
  • B.A., Amherst College 1979

Ferraro, TJ. "Celine’s American Genealogy." Ed. A Kaplan and P Roussin. SAQ 93 (1994): 507-11.

FERRARO, TJ. "CATHOLIC LIVES CONTEMPORARY AMERICA - EDITORS NOTE." SOUTH ATLANTIC QUARTERLY 93.3 (1994): 545-546.

FERRARO, TJ. "CELINE AMERICAN GENEALOGY + 20TH-CENTURY LITERATURE." SOUTH ATLANTIC QUARTERLY 93.2 (1994): 507-511.

Ferraro, TJ. "Review of RSA: Rivista di Studi Nord-Americani." ItalianAmericana 10 (1991): 91-3. (Review)

FERRARO, TJ. "WORKING-OURSELVES-UP IN AMERICA, YEZIERSKA,ANZIA 'BREAD GIVERS'." SOUTH ATLANTIC QUARTERLY 89.3 (1990): 547-581.

Ferraro, TJ. "Response to Breitwieser." ALH 12: 382-385.

Ferraro, TJ. "Review of Alex Gibney, dir., All or Nothing at All (HBO, 4-hour biopic of Sinatra)." The Italian American Review (forthcoming). (Review)

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