Olivia C Harrison

Assistant Professor of French and Italian

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

Department of French and Italian
Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture
Middle East Studies Program
French Honors Program


  • 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 and French literature and transcolonial affiliations between Maghrebi and Third World writers and artists. Her first book, _Transcolonial Maghreb: Imagining Palestine in the Era of Revolutions_ (under contract with Stanford University Press), 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 an anthology-in-translation of the seminal Moroccan journal _Souffles-Anfas_ (forthcoming with Stanford University Press), 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
    • ""Consuming Palestine: Anticapitalism and Anticolonialism in Jean-Luc Godard's _Ici et ailleurs_"", 20th & 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed CUNY, Spring 2014   
    • ""Jean Genet's Palestinian Death"", Animation/Reanimation, Talk/Oral Presentation, University of California, Berkeley, Invited, Spring 2014   
    • ""Mapping Algeria and Palestine in Transcolonial France"", "Mapping the Mediterranean", Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed University of Michigan, Fall 2013   
    • ""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   
    • "Transcolonial Poetics: The Figure of Palestine in _Souffles-Anfas_", Modern Language Association, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Spring 2011   
    • "Collective Memory and Multidirectional Resistance in Assia Djebar’s _Le blanc de l’Algérie_ and _Oran, langue morte_", "Rethinking Resistance", Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Emory University, Spring 2007   
    • "Telling Catastrophe After Oslo: The Politics of Memory in Elias Khoury’s _Bab Al-Shams_", American Comparative Literature Association, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Spring 2007   
    • "Mother Tongue, Other Tongue: Bi-Langue, Anamnesis and the Figure of Woman in Abdelkébir Khatibi’s _Amour bilingue_", Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Fall 2006   

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


    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)

    • Harrison, O. C. Transcolonial Maghreb: Imagining Palestine in the Era of Revolutions. 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.


    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   

  • Department of French and Italian
  • Taper Hall 155 (THH 155)
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0359