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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)
The Music of the Inferno
The Music of the Inferno (September 1999)
Frank Lentricchia - Author

An unusual, deft, often piercing meditation on storytelling, ethnicity, and the Italian/American experience.

At eighteen Robert Tagliaferro, an orphan of ambiguous racial and ethnic identity, disappears from his hometown of Utica, New York. At sixty he returns, forgotten by nearly everyone and searching the bin of memory for something to salvage. Having lived for decades inside a bookstore, his search for identity has t...(Read More)
Che Bella Figura!
Che Bella Figura! (April 1999)
The Power of Performance in an Italian Ladies' Club in Chicago
Gloria Nardini - Author

A colorful ethnography of an Italian ladies' club, this book explores the historical and linguistic importance of the women's language and behavior.

Literally translated, fare bella figura means "to make a beautiful figure," and figuratively it refers to the act of putting on a good show, performance, or display. The author uncovers the "real rules" of an Italian "ladies'" club by analyzing their language and behavior. In so do...(Read More)
Home Front Soldier
Home Front Soldier (March 1999)
The Story of a GI and His Italian American Family During World War II
Richard Aquila - Author

CHOICE 1999 Outstanding Academic Book

Presents a multi-layered social history of a soldier and his Italian American family during World War II.

"This is one of the richest collections of primary sources I've seen for the study of war and ethnic family. What I like best is the detailed and rhythmic evocation the letters offer of everyday life during wartime. The reader gets to know the writer ...(Read More)
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