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The Madonna of 115th Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem, 1880-1950 / Edition 3

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Overview

A twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Robert A. Orsi’s classic study of popular religion in Italian Harlem. In a new preface, Orsi discusses significant shifts in the field of religious history and calls for new ways of empirically studying divine presences in human life.

"The Madonna of 115th Street has over the last quarter century become a classic of American religious history. There are few books that I have enjoyed teaching more over the years and even fewer that have taught me as much about American Catholic history."—Leigh E. Schmidt, author of Hearing Things: Religion, Illusion, and the American Enlightenment

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Editorial Reviews

Kathryn Lofton
"The Madonna of 115th Street defined a generation of scholarship in American religion. This new edition demonstrates how its East Harlem world continues to inspire scholars and readers far beyond its parish boundaries.”—Kathryn Lofton, Yale University
Leigh E. Schmidt
"The Madonna of 115th Street has over the last quarter century become a classic of American religious history. There are few books that I have enjoyed teaching more over the years and even fewer that have taught me as much about American Catholic history."—Leigh E. Schmidt, author of Hearing Things: Religion, Illusion, and the American Enlightenment
Davd D. Hall
"Robert Orsi's Madonna is the rarest of the rare, a book that carries us across a threshold and in doing so transforms our understanding of religion."—David D. Hall, Harvard University
Francesco Cordasco
A richly tapestried portrait-narrative... . Orsi is to be commended for a truly significant contribution to the annals of American social history.
USA Today
John W. Briggs
Orsi has fashioned an impressive fusion of the inner histories of immigrant social and religious life.
American Historical Review
Francesco Cordasco
A richly tapestried portrait-narrative. . . . Orsi is to be commended for a truly significant contribution to the annals of American social history.
John W. Briggs
Orsi has fashioned an impressive fusion of the inner histories of immigrant social and religious life.
American Historical Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300157529
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 485,298
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert A. Orsi is Professor of Religion, Northwestern University, and author of Thank You, St. Jude.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition
Introduction: Popular Religion and Italian Harlem
1 The Days and Nights of the Festa 1
2 Italian Harlem 14
3 The Origins of the Devotion to Mount Carmel in Italian Harlem 50
4 The Domus-Centered Society 75
5 Conflicts in the Domus 107
6 Toward an Inner History of Immigration 150
7 The Meanings of the Devotion to the Madonna of 115th Street 163
8 The Theology of the Streets 219
A Note on Abbreviations 233
Notes 235
Selected Bibliography 271
Index 283
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