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Beyond the Godfather

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Publisher Comments:

A long overdue collection of memoirs and scholarlyreflections on growing up Italian and American.

Synopsis:

In the New York Times Book Review, Gay Talese raised the question, Where are all the Italian American writers? Two years later, editors Ciongoli and Parini respond convincingly with this anthology of essays by 23 Italian American writers. Memoirs in the first section reveal the truths of the people and relationships behind the stereotypes. Whether reflecting on rosary beads, the aroma of garlic sauteed in olive oil, a bigotry that labels a child the smelly Italian, or the art of perfect ironing, these writers share abiding love and respect for their cultural heritage and engage readers with their poignant accounts. Some consider how these experiences shaped them as writers: Talese himself credits time spent in his family's dress shop as the source of his nonfiction writing style.

The next section provides analyses of Italian American literature, and a third traces some Italian American political struggles. Essential for Italian American readers and students, Beyond The Godfather is also a must for anyone who would know more of what it is to be Italian in our society and for those wishing to learn about the struggle between assimilation and the preservation of one's cultural birthright.

CONTIBUTORS: John Agresto, Michael Barone, Regina Barreca, Mary Cappello, Matilda Cuomo, Louise DeSalvo, Richard Gambino, Fred L. Gardaphe, Claire Gaudiani, Sandra Gilbert, Dana Gioia, Edvige Giunta, Linda Hutcheon, Maria Laurino, Frank Lentricchia, Alane Salierno Mason, Joseph V. Scelsa, Gay Talese, Anthony J. Tamburri, Marianna De Marco Torgovnick, Rudolph J. Vecoli, and the editors

Description:

Includes bibliographical references.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780874518887
Editor:
Hirsch, Marianne
Editor:
Parini, Jay
Editor:
Hirsch, Marianne
Editor:
Parini, Jay
Editor:
Ciongoli, A. Kenneth
Editor:
Ciongoli, A. Kenneth
Publisher:
University Press of New England
Location:
Hanover, NH :
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Italian americans
Subject:
Italians
Subject:
Italian american literature
Subject:
Italian Americans in literature.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st University Press of New England pbk. ed.
Publication Date:
July 1997
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
338
Dimensions:
9.23x6.01x1.02 in. 1.19 lbs.

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Product details 338 pages Dartmouth College - English 9780874518887 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In the New York Times Book Review, Gay Talese raised the question, Where are all the Italian American writers? Two years later, editors Ciongoli and Parini respond convincingly with this anthology of essays by 23 Italian American writers. Memoirs in the first section reveal the truths of the people and relationships behind the stereotypes. Whether reflecting on rosary beads, the aroma of garlic sauteed in olive oil, a bigotry that labels a child the smelly Italian, or the art of perfect ironing, these writers share abiding love and respect for their cultural heritage and engage readers with their poignant accounts. Some consider how these experiences shaped them as writers: Talese himself credits time spent in his family's dress shop as the source of his nonfiction writing style.

The next section provides analyses of Italian American literature, and a third traces some Italian American political struggles. Essential for Italian American readers and students, Beyond The Godfather is also a must for anyone who would know more of what it is to be Italian in our society and for those wishing to learn about the struggle between assimilation and the preservation of one's cultural birthright.

CONTIBUTORS: John Agresto, Michael Barone, Regina Barreca, Mary Cappello, Matilda Cuomo, Louise DeSalvo, Richard Gambino, Fred L. Gardaphe, Claire Gaudiani, Sandra Gilbert, Dana Gioia, Edvige Giunta, Linda Hutcheon, Maria Laurino, Frank Lentricchia, Alane Salierno Mason, Joseph V. Scelsa, Gay Talese, Anthony J. Tamburri, Marianna De Marco Torgovnick, Rudolph J. Vecoli, and the editors

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