Teaching Italian American Literature, Film, and Popular Culture

Teaching Italian American Literature, Film, and Popular Culture

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ISBN-13: 9781603290678
Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Series: Options for Teaching Series , #28
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


Edvige Giunta is professor of English at New Jersey City University and coeditor of Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy. She is the author of Writing with an Accent: Contemporary Italian American Women Authors and coeditor of The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Culture and Italian American Writers on New Jersey. Her memoir and poetry have appeared in journals and anthologies.


Kathleen Zamboni McCormick is professor of literature and pedagogy at Purchase College. Her books include The Culture of Reading and the Teaching of English, which won the MLA's Mina Shaughnessy Award, and Approaches to Teaching Joyce's Ulysses (coedited with Erwin Steinberg.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction Edvige Giunta Kathleen Zamboni McCormick 1

Part I Mapping Italian American Studies

The History of Italians in the United States Donna R. Gabaccia 33

The History of Italian American Literary Studies Robert Viscusi 43

The History of Italian American Film and Television Studies Anthony Julian Tamburri 59

Italian American Studies in Italy Mark Pietralunga 70

Creating a Program in Italian American Studies Fred Gardaphé 79

Part II Considering Italian American Literature

Fiction and Poetry

Rich Harvest: An Overview of Italian American Fiction Mary Jo Bona 87

Innovation, Interdisciplinarity, and Cultural Exchange in Italian American Poetry Peter Covino 97

"Stripping Down" Gender Roles in Italian American Fiction by Women Rose De Angelis 109

Religion in Don DeLillo's White Noise and Underworld John Paul Russo 115

Avant-Garde Italian American Fiction: Experiential Experimentalism Josephine Gattuso Hendin 124

Autobiography and Memoir

Remembering, Misremembering, and Forgetting the Motherland Caterina Romeo 132

Past and Present: Teaching the Family Memoir David Del Principe 141

Oceans Away: Rethinking Italian American Autobiography in the Antipodes Bernadette Luciano 146

When the Story Is Silence: Italian American Student Writers and the Challenges of Teaching-and Writing-Memoir Louise DeSalvo 154

Oral History

Spoken Memories: Oral History, Oral Culture, and Italian American Studies Luisa Del Giudice 160

From the Classroom to the Community and Back Again: Oral Histories and the Italian American Experience Course Marisa Trubiano 168

Theater and Performance

Italian American Immigrant Theater Emelise Aleandri 175

A Lived History under Scrutiny: Italian American Performance Art Joseph Sciorra Stefania Taviano 182

Uncovering and Performing Italian American Stories Stefania Taviano 200

Part III Revisiting Italian American Film and Popular Culture

A Contested Place: Italian Americans in Cinema and Television Anthony Julian Tamburri 209

Palookas, Romeos, and Wise Guys: Italian Americans in Hollywood Peter Bondanella 217

Language and Dubbing in the Filmic Representation of Italian Americans Giulia Centineo 223

Cultural Stereotyping in Happy Days and The Sopranos Courtney Judith Ruffner 231

Part IV Historical and Interdisciplinary Approaches

Race and Gender Politics

Situating Italian Immigrant Women's Radical Writing in American History Jennifer Guglielmo 239

Recrossing Ocean Parkway: Teaching Italian American Literacy Narratives and Racial Formation in First-Year Composition Courses Kimberly A. Costino 247

Teaching Italian American Literature through Popular Culture and Intersectionality in an Ethnic Studies Class Roseanne Giannini Quinn 253

"How Is Sicily Like Jamaica?": Gendered Multiethnic Identities and Cross-Cultural Encounters Clarissa Clò 258

Work and Social Class

Class and Ethnicity: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching Christ in Concrete Teresa Fiore 266

The Immigrant Question in the Italian American Experience Course Elvira G. Di Fabio Carol Bonomo Albright 273

Historical Intersections

Imagining the Italian: Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Italian Immigrant Writing, and the Power of Literary Representation Peter Kvidera 279

Travel Literature: Negotiating the Gaze between Italy and America Ilaria Serra 289

Part V Resources

A Review of Anthologies for Teaching Italian American Studies RoseAnna Mueller Dora Labate 297

Notes on Contributors 307

Works Cited 315

Index 351

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