Parween Ebrahim is a sixth-year PhD student in the Department of English. Her dissertation, “Ishmael’s Ghost: Literature, Colonization and American Outcasts” recovers the significance of the Ishmael story from the earliest formation of the American republic and the peculiar way it has persisted ever since. In particular, the dissertation considers the way that writers of the dominant culture as well as those on the margins of nineteenth-century American society availed themselves of the spectral possibilities of the Ishmael story as they imagined – and contended over – conceptions of national space, through the forging of romantic narratives of colonization. Her other research interests include post-colonial literature and theory, nationalism, and empire studies.
Sponsored by:The Office of the Dean of the Graduate School, The Department of English, The Americanist Colloquium, The Program in American Studies,The Center for African American Studies, The Program in the Study of Women and Gender, The University Center for Human Values, The Graduate Action Committee