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Italian folk : vernacular culture in Italian-American lives

Author: Joseph Sciorra
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, 2011.
Series: Critical studies in Italian America.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Sunday dinners, basement kitchens, and backyard gardens are everyday cultural entities long associated with Italian Americans, yet the general perception of them remains superficial and stereotypical  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Folklore
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Sciorra
ISBN: 9780823232659 0823232654 9780823232666 0823232662 9780823232673 0823232670
OCLC Number: 491917491
Description: ix, 257 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Listening with an accent / Joseph Sciorra --
"Sunday dinner? You had to be there!" The social significance of food in Italian Harlem, 1920-40 / Simone Cinotto --
Cuscuszu in Detroit, July 18, 1993 : memory, conflict, and Bella figura during a Sicilian-American meal / John Allan Cicala --
The Italian immigrant basement kitchen in North America / Lara Pascali --
Creative responses to the Italian immigrant experience in California : Baldassare Forestiere's underground gardens and Simon Rodia's Watts Towers / Kenneth Scambray --
Landscapes of order, landscapes of memory : Italian-American residential landscapes of the New York metropolitan region / Joseph J. Inguanti --
Locating memory : longing, place, and autobiography in Vincenzo Ancona's Sicilian poetry / Joseph Sciorra --
Valtaro musette : cross-cultural musical performance and repertoire among Northern Italians in New York / Marion S. Jacobson --
Italians in public memory : pageantry, power, and imagining in the "Italian American" in Reading, Pennsylvania / Joan L. Saverino --
Changing St. Gerard's clothes : an exercise in Italian-American Catholic devotion and material culture / Peter Savastano --
Cursed flesh : faith healers, black magic and (re-membering) death in a central Italian town / Luisa Del Giudice --
Imagining the Strega : folklore reclamation and the construction of Italian-American witchcraft / Sabina Magliocco.
Series Title: Critical studies in Italian America.
Responsibility: edited by Joseph Sciorra.
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