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

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

by Robert A. Orsi


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

In a masterful evocation of Italian Harlem and the men and women who lived there, Robert Orsi examines how the annual festa of the Madonna of 115th Street both influenced and reflected the lives of the celebrants. His prize-winning book offers a new perspective on lived religion, the place of religion in the everyday lives of men, women, and children, the experiences of immigration and community formation, and American Catholicism. This edition includes a new introduction by the author that outlines both the changes that Italian Harlem has undergone in recent years and significant shifts in the field of religious history.
Reviews of the earlier edition:
“A richly tapestried portrait-narrative. . . . Orsi is to be commended for a truly significant contribution to the annals of American social history.”—Francesco Cordasco, USA Today

“Orsi has fashioned an impressive fusion of the inner histories of immigrant social and religious life.”—John W. Briggs, American Historical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300157529
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 349,936
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert A. Orsi, Warren Professor of American Religious History at Harvard University, is the author of Thank You, St. Jude, also available in paperback from Yale University Press.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Third Edition ix

Introduction to the Second Edition xxvii

Introduction: Popular Religion and Italian Harlem lvii

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

Conflict 109

Women in Italian Harlem 129

6 Toward an Inner History of Immigration 150

7 The Meanings of the Devotion to the Madonna of 115th Street 163

The Devotion and the Community of Immigrants 163

The Devotion and the People's Faithfulness to Italy and Southern Italian Traditions 168

The Devotion and the Domus 171

The Shaping of Cora Harlem 178

The Community Reveals Itself to Itself 186

The Devotion and the Larger Collectivities of the City and Nation 188

Success 191

Healing and the Sense World of the Festa 193

The Italian Way of Being Human 195

The Festa and the World of Work 197

From Suffering to Sacrifice 202

Women and the Devotion to the Madonna of 115th Street 204

Power 217

8 The Theology of the Streets 219

A Note on Abbreviations 233

Notes 235

Selected Bibliography 271

Index 283

What People are Saying About This

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)

David 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)

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