A Semiotic of Ethnicity: In (Re)cognition of the Italian/American Writer

A Semiotic of Ethnicity: In (Re)cognition of the Italian/American Writer

by Anthony Julian Tamburri




Reexamines the notion of the "hyphenate writer," and offers a specific reading strategy that we may consider the Italian/American writer in the age of semiotics, poststructuralism, and the like.

Using semiotics as a theoretical foundation, this book reexamines the notion of the hyphenate writer. It argues for an analogous set of categories no longer chronologically or generationally based, but cognitively based, so that the traditionally considered “first-stage” or first-generation hyphenate writer now figures as an “expressive” writer who is not necessarily part of the immigrant or first American-born generations. He or she may actually belong to a later generation and write about his or her ethnicity with those characteristics more readily associated with the first-stage hyphenate writer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791439166
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 09/28/1998
Series: SUNY series in Italian/American Culture Series
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Anthony Julian Tamburri is Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at Purdue University. He is the author of Of Saltimbanchi and Incendiari: Aldo Palazzeschi and Avant-Gardism in Italy; To Hyphenate or not to Hyphenate: the Italian/American Writer: Or, An Other American; and Per una lettura retrospettiva. Prose giovanili di Aldo Palazzeschi. He is coeditor (with Paolo A. Giordano) of Beyond the Margin: Readings in Italian Americana; (with Mary Jo Bona) of Italian Americans and the Media; (with Paolo A. Giordano and Fred L. Gardaphe) of From The Margin: Writings in Italian Americana; and editor of Fuori. Essays By Italian/American Lesbians and Gays.

Table of Contents



Part I. New Strategies

1. In (Re)cognition of the Italian/American Writer: Definitions and Categories

Part II. New Readings

2. Tony Ardizzone's "Expressive" Evening News
3. Helen Barolini's "Comparative" Umbertina: The Italian/American Woman
4. Giose Rimanelli's "Synthetic" Benedetta in Guysterland: A "Liquid" Novel of Questionable Textual Boundaries

Part III. Further Readings

5. Looking Back: The Image of Italy in Umbertina
6. Gianna Patriarca's "Tragic" Thought: Italian Women and Other Tragedies
7. Italian/American Writer or Italian Poet Abroad?: Luigi Fontanella's Poetic Voyage

Part IV. Further Strategies

8. Italian/American Cultural Studies: Looking Forward


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