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Allyson Salinger Ferrante


Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-1980
Office: JEF 150


Biographical Sketch

Allyson Salinger Ferrante is originally from St. Thomas,U.S.V.I and was then raised in New York and New Jersey. She recently completed her PhD in Comparative Literature from USC with a specialization in nineteenth- and twentieth-century British and American literature, focusing on Caribbean literature, multi-ethnic and world literature, and postcolonial literature and theory.  Now a book project, her dissertation, "Emperors of Invisible Cities: The Sovereignty of the Imagination," explores the various ways in which characters in Caribbean novels who have been ignored, deemed outsiders or even mad, appropriate the imperial tools of imagination to metaphorically become emperors of the world as they choose to see it.   Ferrante argues that the ambiguity of fiction offers an ideal space to recognize Creole identities that have previously been silenced, unsettling habitual notions of race and gender identity, and opening new possibilities of conceiving of the individual, the community, and the nation.  In analyzing how to recognize the legitimacy of Creole figures in Caribbean literature, Ferrante's work suggests how the region can serve as a model for multicultural communities around the globe.


Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of Southern California, 8/2011
M.A. Comparative Literature, University of Southern California, 5/2008
B.A. English, Skidmore College, 5/2000

Description of Research

Research Keywords

Caribbean literature, Creolization, Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Multiethnic Literature, World Literature, Race and Gender

Honors and Awards

USC Center for Excellence in Teaching, Outstanding Teaching Award, 2008-2009   
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