Voices of Italian America: A History of Early Italian American Literature

Voices of Italian America: A History of Early Italian American Literature

by Martino Marazzi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0838640168

ISBN-13: 9780838640166

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press

This book presents for the first time in English a substantial choice of texts (excerpts from novels, short stories, memoirs, and poems), written in Italian by first-generation immigrants. Marazzi, a specialist in Italo-American cultural relations, introduces here the lives and works of a number of novelists, poets, activists, and journalists, who wrote for the myriad…  See more details below

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This book presents for the first time in English a substantial choice of texts (excerpts from novels, short stories, memoirs, and poems), written in Italian by first-generation immigrants. Marazzi, a specialist in Italo-American cultural relations, introduces here the lives and works of a number of novelists, poets, activists, and journalists, who wrote for the myriad of newspapers published all around the country. There are authors of serialized novels (the "mysteries" of downtown Manhattan), N.Y.P.D. cops, and nationalists extolling the virtues of the Duce, as well as red anarchists, ladies, and "flappers" from the Italian American middle class, and proletarian rhetoricians. Their personal stories testify to a wider collective novel focused around the myth and the dream of "making America." Through their pages and their critical presentation, the reader is brought to discover the literary dignity of this production, clearly linked to the popular roots of nineteenth-century Italian culture, but at the same time confronted with the traumas and the different realities of a new society. The main themes are voiced - immigration, labor conditions, family ties, the lure and snares of the big city, its multiethnicity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780838640166
Publisher:
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1The novel of the Italian in America22
The kid from Genoa46
The mysteries of Mulberry Street52
The underworld of New York62
The mysteries of New York65
The blond devil70
The flapper78
The two friends91
Hold up!103
The diary of an immigrant113
Toward the ideal121
On the island of tears : Ellis Island125
President Scoppetta131
You must be rough139
Faraway people148
2Stowaway on board : Ezio Taddei152
The gates of hell165
I gave up freedom167
3The new world of the second generation : Pietro di Donato and John Fante178
The world of tomorrow184
A letter from John Fante to Giuseppe Prezzolini190
4Poetry of the Italian Americans191
May Day208
To Alarico208
The 20th of September parade in New York210
Publius Ovid212
"O labor of America : heartbeat of mankind"217
The day of war219
Words without song221
The walker222
Samnite cradle song226
The bricklayers came231
Proletarian Nostalgias232
Neapolitan rhapsody234
The dream239
Advertising sonnets241
My summer vacation : a scherzo242
In Union Square Park248
5Prose of testimony : the color line254
Whites and Blacks : an analysis by Prof. Prezzolini265
6At Ellis Island270
A picture of 1907276
Racketeers and human contraband281
7Italian Americans and Italian writers292

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