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The Italian Actress
The Italian Actress (December 2009)
A Novel
Frank Lentricchia - Author

A has-been American filmmaker encounters love, cruelty, and death in Italy.

Set in Italy, Frank Lentricchia’s sixth novel features a has-been Italian American filmmaker, once internationally acclaimed for the beauty of his images and his experiments in pornography but now stuck in prolonged creative drought. At an obscure film festival in Volterra he meets the aging but still stunning Claudia Cardinale, star...(Read More)
 
 
By the Breath of Their Mouths
By the Breath of Their Mouths (December 2009)
Narratives of Resistance in Italian America
Mary Jo Bona - Author

Examines the liberating power of speech and its influence on generations of Italian American writers.

In By the Breath of Their Mouths, Mary Jo Bona examines the oral uses of language and the liberating power of speech in Italian American writing, as well as its influences on generations of assimilated Italian American writers. Probing and wide-ranging, Bona’s analysis reveals the lasting importance...(Read More)
 
 
Once an Engineer
Once an Engineer (September 2009)
A Song of the Salt City
Joe Amato - Author

FINALIST - 2009 ForeWord Book of the Year in the Autobiography/Memoir Category

A funny, tragic, garlicky chronicle of growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in Central New York.

Once an Engineer is a funny, tragic, garlicky chronicle of a dozen years spent growing up on the wrong side of the tracks. The tail end of the sixties finds Joe and his younger brother, M...(Read More)
 
 
Religious Festive Practices in Boston's North End
Religious Festive Practices in Boston's North End (July 2009)
Ephemeral Identities in an Italian American Community
Augusto Ferraiuolo - Author

A comprehensive cultural and historical portrait of Italian American identities in Boston’s North End.

In this lively and accessible book, Augusto Ferraiuolo examines the many religious festivals in the Italian American community of Boston’s North End. Using interviews, participant observation, and visual data, Ferraiuolo creates a vivid picture of how, over the course of a summer season, a number of re...(Read More)
 
 
The Italian American Experience in New Haven
The Italian American Experience in New Haven (July 2006)
Images and Oral Histories
Anthony V. Riccio - Author
Mary Ann McDonald Carolan - Foreword by
Philip Langdon - Afterword

A compelling social history of a vibrant immigrant community, told through interviews and photographs.

“This volume describes, both in words and in images, the physical, emotional, and spiritual sensibilities of the Italian immigrant. These stories, like the photographs that accompany them, are a fundamental part of our individual and collective experience as a nation.” — from the Foreword by Mary ...(Read More)
 
 
Buried Caesars, and Other Secrets of Italian American Writing
Buried Caesars, and Other Secrets of Italian American Writing (January 2006)
Robert Viscusi - Author

Examines the forces that have shaped Italian American writing, from the novels of John Fante to the musings of Tony Soprano.

Robert Viscusi takes a comprehensive look at Italian American writing by exploring the connections between language and culture in Italian American experience and major literary texts. Italian immigrants, Viscusi argues, considered even their English to be a dialect of Italian, and the...(Read More)

 
 
Leaving Little Italy
Leaving Little Italy (November 2003)
Essaying Italian American Culture
Fred L. Gardaphe - Author

Provides an overview of the past, present, and future of Italian American culture.

Leaving Little Italy
explores the various forces that have shaped and continue to mold Italian American culture. Early chapters offer a historical survey of major developments in Italian American culture, from the early mass immigration period to the present day, situating these developments within the larger framework of American cult...(Read More)
 
 
Imagining Italians
Imagining Italians (August 2003)
The Clash of Romance and Race in American Perceptions, 1880-1910
Joseph P. Cosco - Author

Explores changes in American attitudes toward Italy and Italians during a crucial period of U.S. immigration history.

Integrating history, literary criticism, and cultural studies, Imagining Italians vividly tells the story of two voyages across the Atlantic: America's cultural pilgrimage to Italy and the Italian "racial odyssey" in America. It examines how American representations of Italy, Italians,...(Read More)
 
 
The Godfather and American Culture
The Godfather and American Culture (April 2002)
How the Corleones Became "Our Gang"
Chris Messenger - Author

A comprehensive look at a classic work of popular fiction and its hold on the American imagination.

Mario Puzo's The Godfather is an American pop phenomenon whose driving force is reflected not only in book sales and cable television movie marathons but also in such related works as the hit television series The Sopranos. In The Godfather and American Culture, Chris Messenger offers an...(Read More)
 
 
From Paesani to White Ethnics
From Paesani to White Ethnics (February 2001)
The Italian Experience in Philadelphia
Stefano Luconi - Author

Examines the transformations of Italian American ethnic identity in twentieth-century Philadelphia.

“Stefano Luconi delivers a compelling study of twentieth-century identity and politics. Focusing on key historical moments, Luconi traces political and personal enactments of race relations. His incisive investigation of the mayoral tenure and many campaigns of Police Commissioner Frank L. Rizzo during the 1970s and &...(Read More)
 
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