Imagining Italians: The Clash of Romance and Race in American Perceptions, 1880-1910

Imagining Italians: The Clash of Romance and Race in American Perceptions, 1880-1910

by Joseph P. Cosco
     
 

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Integrating history, literary criticism, and cultural studies, Imagining Italians vividly tells the story of two voyages across the Atlantic: America’s cultural pilgrimage to Italy and the Italian “racial odyssey” in America. It examines how American representations of Italy, Italians, and Italian Americans engaged with national debates over…  See more details below

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Integrating history, literary criticism, and cultural studies, Imagining Italians vividly tells the story of two voyages across the Atlantic: America’s cultural pilgrimage to Italy and the Italian “racial odyssey” in America. It examines how American representations of Italy, Italians, and Italian Americans engaged with national debates over immigration, race, and national identity during the period 1880–1910. Joseph P. Cosco offers a close analysis of selected works by immigrant journalists Jacob Riis and Edward Steiner and American iconographic writers Henry James and Mark Twain. Exploring their Italian depictions in journalism, photos, travel narratives, and fiction, he rediscovers the forgotten Edward Steiner and offers fresh readings of Riis’s reform efforts and photography, James’s The Golden Bowl and The American Scene, and Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791457627
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Series:
SUNY series in Italian/American Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
243
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Joseph P. Cosco is Assistant Professor of English at Old Dominion University.

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