SUNY series in Italian/American Culture

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Through the Periscope

Offers a wider approach to Italian American culture, one that stresses both its material, urban components and the creativity of its formal literary codes.

The Godfather and Sicily

Offers a distinctive interpretation of The Godfather as a novel and film sequence.

Intersecting Diasporas

Examines literary expressions of allyship between Italian America and other diasporic communities in modern and contemporary US fiction.

Sense of Origins

Studies the relationship between young Italian Americans and their Italian cultural and historical heritage.

The Autobiography of a Language

Explores the links between language, cultural identity, and creativity through the works of Emanuel Carnevali, one of the first Italian American authors to attain literary recognition.

Facing toward the Dawn

Examines the history of the Italian anarchist movement in New London, Connecticut.

Beyond Memory

Uncovers an overlooked aspect of the Italian American experience.

The Heart and the Island

Makes the case for a distinctly Sicilian American literature.

Once an Engineer

A funny, tragic, garlicky chronicle of growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in Central New York.

The Transatlantic Gaze

Tracks the influence of Italian cinema on American film from the postwar period to the present.

The Guitar and the New World

A transformative look at a popular instrument and a hidden chapter of American history.

L Is for Lion

A 1960s Bronx tomboy learns how to survive her brutal but humorous Italian family and all the rest that life throws her. The harder you hit the pavement, the higher you fly.

Bitter Greens

Food-based reflections on Italian food, American culture, and globalization.

The Anarchist Bastard

A tribute to the Italian American family and its trying bonds of love.

By the Breath of Their Mouths

Examines the liberating power of speech and its influence on generations of Italian American writers.

Religious Festive Practices in Boston's North End

A comprehensive cultural and historical portrait of Italian American identities in Boston’s North End.

The Italian American Experience in New Haven

A compelling social history of a vibrant immigrant community, told through interviews and photographs.

Buried Caesars, and Other Secrets of Italian American Writing

Examines the forces that have shaped Italian American writing, from the novels of John Fante to the musings of Tony Soprano.

Leaving Little Italy

Provides an overview of the past, present, and future of Italian American culture.

Imagining Italians

Explores changes in American attitudes toward Italy and Italians during a crucial period of U. S. immigration history.

The Godfather and American Culture

A comprehensive look at a classic work of popular fiction and its hold on the American imagination.

From Paesani to White Ethnics

Examines the transformations of Italian American ethnic identity in twentieth-century Philadelphia.

The Music of the Inferno

An unusual, deft, often piercing meditation on storytelling, ethnicity, and the Italian/American experience.

Che Bella Figura!

A colorful ethnography of an Italian ladies' club, this book explores the historical and linguistic importance of the women's language and behavior.

A Semiotic of Ethnicity

Reexamines the notion of the "hyphenate writer," and offers a specific reading strategy that we may consider the Italian/American writer in the age of semiotics, poststructuralism, and the like.