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Beyond The godfather : Italian American writers on the real Italian American experience

Author: A Kenneth Ciongoli; Jay Parini
Publisher: Hanover, NH : University Press of New England, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Beyond The godfather.
Hanover, NH : University Press of New England, ©1997
(OCoLC)605030551
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A Kenneth Ciongoli; Jay Parini
ISBN: 0874518458 9780874518450
OCLC Number: 36858291
Description: xiv, 320 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Finding my way / Louise DeSalvo --
My aunts taught me to dance / Regina Barreca --
The edge of night / Frank Lentricchia --
Mysteries of the hyphen : poetry, pasta, and identity politics / Sandra M. Gilbert --
Respect / Alane Salierno Mason --
Origins of a nonfiction writer / Gay Talese --
Scents : a selection from a memoir of Italian American life / Maria Laurino --
Amalfi days / Jay Parini --
Of cheese and choices / Claire Gaudiani --
Shadows in the garden : poets of loss, Italian/American style / Mary Cappello --
What Grandma knew / John Agresto --
On being white, female, and born in Bensohurst / Marianna De Marco Torgovnick --
What is Italian American poetry? / Dana Gioia --
Breaking and entering : an Italian American's literary odyssey / Fred L. Gardaphe --
Rethinking the Italian/American writer : Tony Ardizzone's expressive stories of The evening news / Anthony J. Tamburri --
'A song from the ghetto' / Edvige Giunta --
Italian Americans and American politics / Michael Barone --
Cryptoethnicity / Linda Hutcheson --
The way of the WASP / A. Kenneth Ciongoli --
Italian Americans address America's problems : families and children in the twenty-first century / Matilda Cuomo --
The crisis of Italian American identity / Richard Gambino --
The 80th street Mafia / Joseph V. Scelsa --
Are Italian Americans just white folks? / Rudolph J. Vecoli.
Responsibility: A. Kenneth Ciongoli and Jay Parini, editors.

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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.

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