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An offer we can't refuse : the Mafia in the mind of America

Author: George De Stefano
Publisher: New York : Faber and Faber, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The Mafia has maintained an enduring hold on the American cultural imagination--even as it continues to wrongly color our real-life perception of Italian Americans. Journalist and cultural critic De Stefano takes a look at the origins and prevalence of the Mafia mythos in America. Beginning with a consideration of Italian emigration in the early twentieth century and the fear and prejudice--among both Americans and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Gangster television programs
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: George De Stefano
ISBN: 0571211577 9780571211579 9780865479623 0865479623
OCLC Number: 60420173
Description: 438 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Italians to Italian Americans : escaping the "southern problem" --
The Mafia : Mediterranean menace, American myth --
A genre is born : the appeal of pure power --
Don Corleone was my grandfather --
From mean streets to suburban meadow : The Sopranos rewrites the genre --
Act like a man : sex and gender in the Mafia myth --
Moulanyans, Medigahns, and wonder bread wops : race and racism on-screen and off --
Cultural holocaust or national myth? : the politics of antidefamation.
Responsibility: George De Stefano.
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This is an analysis tracing the evolution of Italian-Americans, discussing how mob-related movies and television shows impact on the perceptions of Italian-Americans and their heritage in the 21st  Read more...

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"A detailed, textured meditation. Whether De Stefano is summarizing causes of 19th - century Italian immigration, sketching the Mafia's origin in Sicily, or dissecting the appeal of Hollywood mobster Read more...

 
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