Italian American Studies

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Stories, Streets, and Saints

A time capsule of a classic Italian American neighborhood, told in the voices of its inhabitants.

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.

Engaging Italy

By Etta M. Madden
Subjects: Literature

Traces literary and social connections among three American women navigating the changing political landscape of 1860s and '70s Italy.

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.

Open Borders

Offers a dialogue about the future of the nature of the human, technology, metaphysical foundations, globalization, and social and political oppression.

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.

Fearless

Biography of the early years of A. Bartlett Giamatti, who would become Yale University’s first non-Anglo-Saxon Protestant president and commissioner of Major League Baseball.

Facing toward the Dawn

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

When I Am Italian

Can a person born outside of Italy be considered Italian?

Beyond Memory

Uncovers an overlooked aspect of the Italian American experience.

From Italy to the North End

Documents the arc of the Italian American immigrant experience on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Heart and the Island

Makes the case for a distinctly Sicilian American literature.

Seeking Alice

A haunting story of the disintegration of an American and Italian family caught in Europe during World War II.

Once an Engineer

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

The Guitar and the New World

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

The Transatlantic Gaze

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

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.

Farms, Factories, and Families

Documents the rich history of Italian American working women in Connecticut, including the crucial role they played in union organizing.

Bitter Greens

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

No Longer and Not Yet

Stories of small-town life on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

The Anarchist Bastard

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

The Graphic Art of Robert Cimbalo

A selection of lithographs, etchings, woodcuts, and drawings by Robert Cimbalo.

The Sadness of Antonioni

An American adventure in the Antonioni vein—visually rich and emotionally mysterious.

Corbino

A biography of one of America’s neglected grand masters.

Cooking with Chef Silvio

A guided tour of the cuisine, culture, and rich culinary history of the Campania region of Italy.

The Italian Actress

A has-been American filmmaker encounters love, cruelty, and death in Italy.

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.

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.

Home Front Soldier

Presents a multi-layered social history of a soldier and his Italian American family during World War II.