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Associate Professor
Peter Paul Ferry { "honorific-suffix": "Associate Professor", "fn": "Peter Paul Ferry", "tel": "Telephone: +47 51833689", "email": "" }

Faculty Faculty of Arts and Education
Department Department of Cultural Studies and Languages
Room HG N-221
Notes I am very interested in research projects on representations of masculinity in American and transnational literatures

I am Associate Professor of English at the University of Stavanger, Norway. 

I am currently working on a book project for Routledge on beards and masculinity in American literary history.

Previously, I was an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin, Ireland (2015-2017). My project focused on the transnational flâneur and masculinity in early American Literature. 

My PhD thesis (Queen's University Belfast, 2013) was published as Masculinity in Contemporary New York Fiction with Routledge in 2015.

I have published a range of articles on such topics as New York flâneurs, Freud and masculinity, fatherhood, and the sociological value of studying men and masculinities. 

Research fields

Contemporary American Literature
19th Century American Literature
Masculinity Studies
Gender Studies

Selected publications


Beards and Masculinity in American Literature (Routledge 2018)

Masculinity in Contemporary New York Fiction (Routledge 2015)


  • "Writing Men on the Margins: Joseph Mitchell, Masculinity and the Flâneur in New York City." Literary Journalism Studies. (Fall 2017).
  • "The Beard, Masculinity, and Otherness in the Contemporary American Novel." Journal of American Studies 51.1 (Feb 2017): 163-182.
  • "Writing Men: Recognising the Sociological Impact of Counter-Hegemonic Masculinities in American Fiction." Masculinities and Social Change 2.2 (2013): 146-166.
  • "Paul Auster and Models of American Fatherhood: Reading Counter Hegemonic Father Figures in Auster's fiction." Paul Auster: Special Issue of Critical Engagements (UK Network for Modern Fiction Studies) Ed. Mark Brown (Lulu, 2013) 20-32.
  • "An Interpretation of Masculinity in Manhattan: Reading Jed Rubenfeld's The Interpretation of Murder." Atlantis (Journal of the Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies) 34.2 (Dec 2012): 49-65.
  • "Reading Manhattan, Reading American Masculinity: Reintroducing the flâneur with E.B. White?s Here is New York and Joshua Ferris' The Unnamed." Culture, Society and Masculinities 3.1 (2011): 49-61.

Articles in preparation

  • "The Arrival of the Flâneur in the 18th Century American Periodical"
  • "The Bards and their Beards: Walt Whitman's 'Beard Full of Butterflies' in the poetry of Federico García Lorca and Walt Whitman"
  • "Shaving and Masculinity in Hemingway's Fiction"

Research in progress

Beards and Masculinity in American Literature is the first dedicated study of the beard in American literary history. The central aim of the book is to present the social, historical, and (gender) political power of facial hair in the representation of masculinities throughout the American Literary Tradition. This book takes cutting edge theories from the fields of Gender Studies, Masculinity Studies, and Queer Studies to unlock the symbolic power of the growth, wearing, or indeed shaving of American facial hair as overlooked indicators of the complexities and contradictions of American masculinity. With the engagement in such an innovative interdisciplinary approach to critically examine key texts that span the breadth of the history of American writing - from Walt Whitman to Don DeLillo, from Herman Melville to Toni Morrison - Beards and Masculinity in American Literature is sure to make a significant contribution to the study of representations of masculinity in the field of American Literary Studies.

Work experience

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2 year Irish Research Council Fellowship) (2015-2017)

 University College Dublin (UCD) Humanities Institute

Scientific publications (from Cristin)

  • Ferry, Peter Paul (2017). Writing Men on the Margins: Joseph Mitchell, Masculinity, and the Flaneur. Literary Journalism Studies. ISSN 1944-897X. Volume 9. Booklet 2. p. 52-73.