Frank Sinatra: History, Identity, and Italian American Culture

Frank Sinatra: History, Identity, and Italian American Culture

by Stanislao G. Pugliese
     
 

No one represents the Italian American journey from undesirable outsiders to embraced citizens better than Frank Sinatra. From impoverished beginnings in an immigrant household to world renown as "Chairman of the Board," he beat the odds to become one of the most influential and best-loved artists of the twentieth century. Sinatra's symbolic role to the millions of

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No one represents the Italian American journey from undesirable outsiders to embraced citizens better than Frank Sinatra. From impoverished beginnings in an immigrant household to world renown as "Chairman of the Board," he beat the odds to become one of the most influential and best-loved artists of the twentieth century. Sinatra's symbolic role to the millions of Italian American immigrants who looked up to him as proof of the American dream was far-reaching. From teenage crooner to civil rights activist to Reagan Republican, his shifting identity resonated deeply in Italian American culture. Now, a gathering of distinguished historians, journalists and critics explore Sinatra's impact on American culture, from questions of politics and civil rights to Italian mothering, morality, and ethnic stereotyping. These insights place Sinatra at the fulcrum of many controversial and timely issues that lend his influence a new depth and power, not only musically but in a broad historical context.

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“Stan Pugliese's Frank Sinatra is a terrific read: the essays offer a range of provocative viewpoints on the universal icon, the American music, and the Italian-American man that was Frank Sinatra. A smart, witty, disturbing, and beautifully choreographed collection.” —Regina Barreca, Professor of English, University of Connecticut, and editor of Don't Tell Mama: The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403966551
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Series:
Italian and Italian American Studies Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.53(h) x 0.78(d)

Meet the Author

Stanislao G. Pugliese is Professor of History at Hofstra University and author of Bitter Spring: A Life of Ignazio Silone (FSG, forthcoming) and Carlo Rosselli: Socialist Heretic and Antifascist Exile (Harvard, 1999).

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