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A Sitdown With the Sopranos: Watching Italian American Culture on TV's Most Talked-About Series
     

A Sitdown With the Sopranos: Watching Italian American Culture on TV's Most Talked-About Series

by Regina Barreca (Editor)
 
With over 9.5 million viewers and in its fourth smash season, The Sopranos has profoundly altered Americans' views of New Jersey, HBO, Sunday nights, and especially Italian American culture and life. The show has not been without critics, who have lambasted The Sopranos for presenting negative stereotypes of Italian Americans. A Sitdown with the

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With over 9.5 million viewers and in its fourth smash season, The Sopranos has profoundly altered Americans' views of New Jersey, HBO, Sunday nights, and especially Italian American culture and life. The show has not been without critics, who have lambasted The Sopranos for presenting negative stereotypes of Italian Americans. A Sitdown with the Sopranos is an insightful and balanced reply to this criticism from some of the country's most important Italian American writers. Edited by Regina Barreca, an acclaimed writer, scholar, and national columnist, the book examines eight key components of Italian American life and considers how accurately the show portrays these topics.

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Publishers Weekly
English and feminist theory professor Regina Barreca gathers eight Italian-American writers' thoughts on Tony and Carmela Soprano, family, psychotherapy and more in A Sitdown with the Sopranos: Watching Italian American Culture on TV's Most Talked-About Series. "The Italian American experience being spotlighted here is a reflection of all the other versions of itself... The Sopranos is about the human experience about all of us, about the struggle to find a safe place," she writes in her introduction. The essays that follow from Sandra M. Gilbert's "Life with (God)Father" to George Anastasia's "If Shakespeare Were Alive Today" offer intelligent commentary on how the show portrays (or fails to portray) some key components of Italian-American life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312295288
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
09/14/2002
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
174
Product dimensions:
6.15(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.55(d)

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Ben Morreale
...an excellent collection of essays by eight well-qualified writers...an intelligent and humorous good read.

Meet the Author

Regina Barreca is Professor of English and Feminist Theory at the University of Connecticut. Her many publications include the best-selling book Don’t Tell Mama: The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing, and a weekly column in The Hartford Courant.

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