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The Value of Worthless Lives: Writing Italian American Immigrant Autobiographies

Ilaria Serra

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823226788
eISBN:
9780823235032
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823226788.001.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

The writer Giuseppe Prezzolini said that Italian immigrants left behind tears and sweat but not “words”, making their lives in America mostly in silence, their memories private and ... More


Conclusion

Ilaria Serra

in The Value of Worthless Lives: Writing Italian American Immigrant Autobiographies

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823226788
eISBN:
9780823235032
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823226788.003.0008
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This book is proof of the reversal of Giuseppe Prezzolini's 1963 conclusions about Italian immigrant autobiography and his claim that the immigrants did not want to remember ... More


Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana

Carol Bonomo Albright and Joanna Clapps Herman (eds)

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823229109
eISBN:
9780823241057
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823229109.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

For more than thirty years, the journal Italian Americana has been home to the writers who have sparked an extraordinary literary explosion in Italian-American culture. Across twenty-five volumes, ... More


The Operatic Italian American

Larry Hamberlin

in Tin Pan Opera: Operatic Novelty Songs in the Ragtime Era

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195338928
eISBN:
9780199855865
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195338928.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Opera, Popular

This chapter and the next treat representations of Italian immigrants in operatic novelty songs. Chapter 1 examines songs in which lowbrow Italian Americans assert a right of ownership to opera that ... More


Immigrant Kitchens, Community Cookbooks, and Italian-American Life: An Introduction

Carol Bonomo Jennngs and Christine Palamidessi Moore

in American Woman, Italian Style: Italian Americana's Best Writings on Women

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231751
eISBN:
9780823241286
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231751.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Authors of commercial, community, and self-published cookbooks reflect on their decisions to write about immigrant kitchens and cooking. In getting to know the women and the lives of Madison, ... More


Food, Recipes, Cookbooks, and Italian-American Life: An Introduction

Carol Bonomo Jennngs and Christine Palamidessi Moore

in American Woman, Italian Style: Italian Americana's Best Writings on Women

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231751
eISBN:
9780823241286
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231751.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The linkages among food, culture, and identity have long occupied small numbers of folklorists and anthropologists. Among Italian Americans, food and cooking are powerful expressions of their ties to ... More


Materials from Arno Press: The Italian-American Woman

Carol Bonomo Jennngs and Christine Palamidessi Moore

in American Woman, Italian Style: Italian Americana's Best Writings on Women

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231751
eISBN:
9780823241286
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231751.003.0031
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Arno Press has published an impressive and valuable array of materials on Italian Americans in the United States with its thirty-nine-volume series, The Italian American Experience. The series is as ... More


Poetry

Carol Bonomo Albright and Joanna Clapps Herman

in Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823229109
eISBN:
9780823241057
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823229109.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This 1991 poem by Brian McCormick is about “the night Neil Armstrong impressed the thin dust on the moon, I made my meld in diamonds, playing pinochle, two decks cut and sussed with my foster family, ... More


The Italian American Table: Food, Family, and Community in New York City

Simone Cinotto

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037733
eISBN:
9780252095016
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037733.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Looking at the historic Italian American community of East Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s, this book recreates the bustling world of Italian life in New York City and demonstrates how food was at the ... More


The Neighborhood Outfit: Organized Crime in Chicago Heights

Louis Corsino

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038716
eISBN:
9780252096662
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038716.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

From the slot machine trust of the early 1900s to the prolific Prohibition era bootleggers allied with Al Capone, and for decades beyond, organized crime in Chicago Heights, Illinois, represented a ... More


Introduction

Carol Bonomo Albright and Joanna Clapps Herman

in Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823229109
eISBN:
9780823241057
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823229109.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

In 1974 Richard Gambino, together with Ernest Falbo and Bruno Arcudi, founded Italian Americana. This historical and cultural journal followed the wave of interest in Italian Americans that had been ... More


Global Tarantella: Reinventing Southern Italian Folk Music and Dances

Incoronata Inserra

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041297
eISBN:
9780252099892
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041297.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This book ventures into the history, global circulation, and recontextualization of tarantella, a genre of Southern Italian folk music and dance; in particular, it explores this phenomenon by ... More


New Italian Migrations to the United States: Vol. 1: Politics and History since 1945

Laura Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra (eds)

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040955
eISBN:
9780252099496
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040955.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Migration Studies (including Refugee Studies)

This book challenges the conventional Italian immigrant narrative through a re-evaluation of the political, social, and cultural significance of Italian emigration to the United States in the second ... More


New Italian Migrations to the United States: Vol. 2: Art and Culture since 1945

Laura E. Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra (eds)

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041396
eISBN:
9780252099991
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041396.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Migration Studies (including Refugee Studies)

This second volume of New Italian Migrations to the United States continues the critical conversation with its predecessor by exploring Italian immigration to the United States from 1945 to the ... More


Introduction

Ilaria Serra

in The Value of Worthless Lives: Writing Italian American Immigrant Autobiographies

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823226788
eISBN:
9780823235032
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823226788.003.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

The great waves of Italian immigration to the United States (from the end of the nineteenth century to the period after World War II) were not intellectual migrations. This ... More


Autobiography: The Literary Genre of Immigration

Ilaria Serra

in The Value of Worthless Lives: Writing Italian American Immigrant Autobiographies

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823226788
eISBN:
9780823235032
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823226788.003.0002
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Autobiographies provide the most real and sincere account of the process and effects of immigration that one could have. This chapter examines autobiographies as documents ... More


Italian-American Women: a Review Essay

Carol Bonomo Jennngs and Christine Palamidessi Moore

in American Woman, Italian Style: Italian Americana's Best Writings on Women

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231751
eISBN:
9780823241286
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231751.003.0030
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

In this chapter the author summarizes the historiography on Italian-American women within the context of women's studies generally, while emphasizing potential connections between this research and ... More


Searching for Subversives: The Story of Italian Internment in Wartime America

Mary Elizabeth Basile Chopas

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781469634340
eISBN:
9781469634364
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469634340.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

When the United States entered World War II, Italian nationals living in this country were declared enemy aliens and faced with legal restrictions. Several thousand aliens and a few U.S. citizens ... More


Writing Life, Writing History: Italian-American Women and the Memoir

Carol Bonomo Jennngs and Christine Palamidessi Moore

in American Woman, Italian Style: Italian Americana's Best Writings on Women

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231751
eISBN:
9780823241286
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231751.003.0026
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Appropriating memory is a crucial step for all those groups that have been marginalized and denied access to public forums because of their gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, religion, ... More


Introduction

Simone Cinotto

in The Italian American Table: Food, Family, and Community in New York City

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037733
eISBN:
9780252095016
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037733.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This book explores the centrality of food in the Italian American community of East Harlem in New York City between the 1920s and 1940s. It examines why the food of immigrants and their children has ... More


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