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Thomas J. Ferraro

Professor of English
English
Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708-0015
421 Chapel Dr., Dept of English, Durham, NC 27708-0015

Selected Publications


It’s G-D’s Bloody Rule, Ma!

Journal Article JAmIt! The Journal of American Studies in Italy · December 1, 2022 Link to item Cite

Transgression and Redemption in American Fiction

Book · October 22, 2020 This book looks at modern American fiction in its own Italianate coloration: the interplay of sex (the red of passion), violence (the black of violence), and sanctity (the gold of redemption). Its purpose is to involve the reader in the mythopoetics of Am ... Cite

No forgiveness in heaven, no forgetting in hell

Journal Article American Literary History · January 1, 2014 Featured Publication Full text Cite

Review of A New Literary History of America

Other American Literature · December 2012 Cite

Cultural Studies Between Heaven and Earth: Beyond the Puritan Pedagogy of /The Scarlet Letter/

Chapter · 2011 The Scarlet Letter we know all too well is The Scarlet Letter of the American classroom–in the high schools especially (all those AP exams) but by no means only there–and it is this hoary Scarlet Letter that illustrates almost to a T the Protestant underst ... Cite

Response to Amy Hungerford's "The Literary Practice of Belief"

Internet Publication · June 2010 University of Chicago Forum on Religion and Culture dedicated to Amy Hungerford's "The Literary Practice of Belief." In his contribution, Ferraro pays testimony to Hungerford's achievement by conceptualizing the reversal of her key concept, from "The Lite ... Cite

Between Women; or, On Our Knees to Don Corleone

Journal Article VIA · 2009 A love-and-irony accounting of the strange figurations of gender–focused on what women do with their mouths esp. in Hollywood and Vegas–in the original novel version of _The Godfather_, as experienced and interpreted in 20 years of teaching the novel to gr ... Cite

Boys to Men (Salvific Masculinity in /Angels with Dirty Faces/)

Chapter · 2008 Featured Publication "Boys to Men" examines the redemptive force of street Catholicism–the salvific masculinity of Irish American violence, courage, and love–as enacted in the interplay between the social-work priest (Pat O’Brien) and his boyhood buddy (James Cagney) turned no ... Cite

Contribution to MLA Roundtable in honor of AL at Seventy-Five

Other American Literature · September 2005 Cite

Feeling Italian: the Art of Ethnicity in America

Book · May 2005 Featured Publication Feeling Italian: the Art of Ethnicity in America (NYU, December ’04?) explores the Italian Catholic aesthetic seduction of the United States– from the once-infamous trials of murderess Maria Barbella and the eerily prescient city paintings of Josep ... Cite

Of ’Lascivious Mysticism’ and Other Hibernian Matters

Journal Article U.S. Catholic Historian · 2005 Featured Publication Cite

Roundtable:: 'American Literature' at seventy-five -: Discussion

Journal Article AMERICAN LITERATURE · 2005 Cite

Lorenzo's chrism

Journal Article South Atlantic Quarterly · December 1, 2004 Full text Cite

Italian-American Literature

Chapter · February 2004 Cite

Lorenzo’s Chrism

Journal Article SAQ · 2004 Featured Publication Cite

Urbane Villager

Chapter · 2004 Cite

At long last love; Or, literary history in the key of difference

Journal Article American Literary History · December 1, 2003 Featured Publication Full text Cite

It’s G-D’s Bloody Rule, Ma!

Journal Article JAmIt! The Journal of American Studies in Italy · December 1, 2022 Link to item Cite

Transgression and Redemption in American Fiction

Book · October 22, 2020 This book looks at modern American fiction in its own Italianate coloration: the interplay of sex (the red of passion), violence (the black of violence), and sanctity (the gold of redemption). Its purpose is to involve the reader in the mythopoetics of Am ... Cite

No forgiveness in heaven, no forgetting in hell

Journal Article American Literary History · January 1, 2014 Featured Publication Full text Cite

Review of A New Literary History of America

Other American Literature · December 2012 Cite

Cultural Studies Between Heaven and Earth: Beyond the Puritan Pedagogy of /The Scarlet Letter/

Chapter · 2011 The Scarlet Letter we know all too well is The Scarlet Letter of the American classroom–in the high schools especially (all those AP exams) but by no means only there–and it is this hoary Scarlet Letter that illustrates almost to a T the Protestant underst ... Cite

Response to Amy Hungerford's "The Literary Practice of Belief"

Internet Publication · June 2010 University of Chicago Forum on Religion and Culture dedicated to Amy Hungerford's "The Literary Practice of Belief." In his contribution, Ferraro pays testimony to Hungerford's achievement by conceptualizing the reversal of her key concept, from "The Lite ... Cite

Between Women; or, On Our Knees to Don Corleone

Journal Article VIA · 2009 A love-and-irony accounting of the strange figurations of gender–focused on what women do with their mouths esp. in Hollywood and Vegas–in the original novel version of _The Godfather_, as experienced and interpreted in 20 years of teaching the novel to gr ... Cite

Boys to Men (Salvific Masculinity in /Angels with Dirty Faces/)

Chapter · 2008 Featured Publication "Boys to Men" examines the redemptive force of street Catholicism–the salvific masculinity of Irish American violence, courage, and love–as enacted in the interplay between the social-work priest (Pat O’Brien) and his boyhood buddy (James Cagney) turned no ... Cite

Contribution to MLA Roundtable in honor of AL at Seventy-Five

Other American Literature · September 2005 Cite

Feeling Italian: the Art of Ethnicity in America

Book · May 2005 Featured Publication Feeling Italian: the Art of Ethnicity in America (NYU, December ’04?) explores the Italian Catholic aesthetic seduction of the United States– from the once-infamous trials of murderess Maria Barbella and the eerily prescient city paintings of Josep ... Cite

Of ’Lascivious Mysticism’ and Other Hibernian Matters

Journal Article U.S. Catholic Historian · 2005 Featured Publication Cite

Roundtable:: 'American Literature' at seventy-five -: Discussion

Journal Article AMERICAN LITERATURE · 2005 Cite

Lorenzo's chrism

Journal Article South Atlantic Quarterly · December 1, 2004 Full text Cite

Italian-American Literature

Chapter · February 2004 Cite

Lorenzo’s Chrism

Journal Article SAQ · 2004 Featured Publication Cite

Urbane Villager

Chapter · 2004 Cite

At long last love; Or, literary history in the key of difference

Journal Article American Literary History · December 1, 2003 Featured Publication Full text Cite

Italian Americans

Chapter · 2001 Cite

Catholic Lives, Contemporary America

Book · 1997 Contributions by Patrick Allitt, Paul Crowley, James T. Fisher, Paul Giles, Mary Gordon, Stanley Hauerwas, Frank Lentricchia, Robert A. Orsi, Camille Paglia, David Plante, Richard Rodriguez, Kathy Rudy, Andrew Sullivan, and Mary Jo Weaver ... Cite

Catholic Writers

Chapter · 1995 Cite

Mario Puzo

Chapter · 1994 Cite

CATHOLIC LIVES CONTEMPORARY AMERICA - EDITORS NOTE

Journal Article SOUTH ATLANTIC QUARTERLY · 1994 Cite

CELINE AMERICAN GENEALOGY + 20TH-CENTURY LITERATURE

Journal Article SOUTH ATLANTIC QUARTERLY · 1994 Cite

AN INTERVIEW WITH PAGLIA,CAMILLE

Other SOUTH ATLANTIC QUARTERLY · 1994 Cite

Whole Families Shopping at Night!

Chapter · 1991 Featured Publication Cite

Avant-Garde Ethnics

Chapter · 1990 Cite

WORKING-OURSELVES-UP IN AMERICA, YEZIERSKA,ANZIA 'BREAD GIVERS'

Journal Article SOUTH ATLANTIC QUARTERLY · 1990 Cite

"The Godfather as 'The Great American Novel"

Internet Publication Sound-bite on Mario Puzo's The Godfather and the Myth of America (longer version available upon request) ... Link to item Cite