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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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