Olivia C Harrison

Assistant Professor of French and Italian and Middle East Studies

Contact Information
E-mail: oharriso@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-0104
Office: THH 153

LINKS
Transcolonial Maghreb: Imagining Palestine in the Era of Decolonization
Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics
 

Education

  • B.A. French and Linguistics, Oxford University, 6/2002
  • M.A. French, Columbia University, 10/2005
  • M.Phil. French and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2/2007
  • Ph.D. French and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 5/2010

  • Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Olivia C. Harrison’s research focuses on postcolonial North African, Middle Eastern, and French literature and film, with a particular emphasis on aesthetic and political affiliations between writers, intellectuals, and artists from the Global South. Her first book, _Transcolonial Maghreb: Imagining Palestine in the Era of Decolonization_ (Stanford University Press, 2015), analyzes the representation of Palestine in Moroccan, Algerian, and Tunisian literary works and public debates from the 1960s to the present. She is currently working on a second book project that charts the emergence of the Palestinian question in France, both in political and intellectual discourses and in artistic works. Co-editor of _Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics_ (Stanford University Press, 2015), Olivia C. Harrison has translated essays and poems by Adbelkebir Khatibi, Abraham Serfaty, and Abdellatif Laâbi.
    Research Specialties
    Maghrebi and Beur/banlieue literature and film; diversity in postcolonial France; the historiography and memory of colonization in France and Algeria; women and war in the Middle East and North Africa; anti- and postcolonial theory; Islam and the West; translation.

    Conferences and Other Presentations


    Conference Presentations
    • "Etel Adnan’s Transcolonial Mediterranean", Women Write the Mediterranean, Talk/Oral Presentation, USC/UCLA, Invited, Spring 2015   
    • "Staging Translation: Kateb Yacine’s Popular Theater and the Politics of Language", Theatre and Translation, Talk/Oral Presentation, Rhode Island School of Design, Invited, Spring 2015   
    • ""Jean Genet's Palestinian Death"", Animation/Reanimation, Talk/Oral Presentation, University of California, Berkeley, Invited, Spring 2014   
    • ""Godard, l'Algérie, la Palestine"", Talk/Oral Presentation, European School of Visual Arts, France, Invited, Fall 2012   
    • "'La banlieue est lointaine de la Palestine': Performing Palestine in Contemporary France", Talk/Oral Presentation, Columbia University, Invited, Fall 2011   

    Other Presentations
    • "Tales from Palestine", roundtable panel, Tribute Gallery, Portland, OR, Fall 2010   

    Publications


    Book
    • Harrison, O. C. Transcolonial Maghreb: Imagining Palestine in the Era of Decolonization. Stanford University Press.
    • Harrison, Olivia C. and Teresa VIlla-Ignacio (Ed.). Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics. Stanford University Press.

    Essay
    • Harrison, O. C. (2015). How to Live Together: Lessons from Algeria. Los Angeles Review of Books.
    • Harrison, O. C. (2013). Deconstruction, Religion, Politics. Los Angeles Review of Books.
    • Harrison, O. C. (2012). Judith Butler and the Cause of the Other. Los Angeles Review of Books.

    Journal Article
    • Harrison, O. C. (2014). "Performing Palestine in Contemporary France: Mohamed Rouabhi's Transcolonial Banlieue". Modern and Contemporary France. Vol. 22 (1), pp. 43-57. Full text
    • Harrison, O. C. (2013). "Cross-Colonial Poetics: _Souffles-Anfas_ and the Figure of Palestine". PMLA. Vol. 128 (2), pp. 353-69.
    • Harrison, O. C. (2013). "Rethinking 'Jews' and 'Arabs Through Palestine: Transcolonial Perspectives on Maghrebi Literature". Contemporary French and Francophone Studies: SITES. pp. pp. 17-27.
    • Harrison, O. C. (2012). "Staging Palestine in France-Algeria: Popular Theater and the Politics of Transcolonial Comparison". Social Text. Vol. 112, pp. 27-47.
    • Harrison, O. C. (2009). "Resistances of Literature: Strategies of Narrative Affiliation in Etel Adnan’s _Sitt Marie Rose_". Postcolonial Text. Vol. 5 (2)

    Advisement

    Other Advisement or Time Devoted to Students
    • Director of the French Honors Program, 2012-  

    Honors and Awards

    • USC ASHSS Grant Writing Mentorship Program, 2013-2014   
    • USC Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund Award, Zumberge Individual Research Grant, 2013-2014   
    • Grand Marnier Fellowship, 2007-2008   
    • Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowship in Arabic, 2005-2006   
    • Peter H. Kaufman Fellowship, 2005-2006