Re-reading Italian Americana broadens the scope of Italian/American literary criticism by investigating the work of six authors and the degree to which they successfully represent Italian Americana in their prose or poetry. Highlighting the work of Pietro di Donato, Mario Puzo, Luigi Barzini, Joseph Tusiani, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, and Rina Ferrarelli, this book examines the current state of analysis dedicated to this topic and its reception both in the United States and in Italy.
This book is divided into three sections. The first section deals with the general situation of Italian/American literature and its reception both in the United States and in Italy. It also discusses other social and cultural issues that pertain to Italian Americana. Section two consists of six chapters, each discussing a specific author; three dedicated to prose (Pietro di Donato, Mario Puzo, Luigi Barzini), three dedicated to poetry (Joseph Tusiani, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Rina Ferrarelli). Section three examines the current state of criticism dedicated to Italian/American literature, the second part focusing in on a number of specific works.
Chapter 1: The Italian/American Writer in “Exile”: At Home, Abroad, Wherever! (13)
Specificities of Reading Prose
Chapter 2: Pietro di Donato’s Christ In Concrete: An Italian/American Novel Not Set in Stone
Chapter 3: Mario Puzo’s The Fortunate Pilgrim: The Italian’s “American Dream” of “Staying Alive”
Chapter 4: Luigi Barzini, Jr.: From Italian “Immigrant” to “Italian American”
Specificities of Reading Poetry
Chapter 5: Joseph Tusiani’s Gente Mia: Coincidences of E[im]migration
Chapter 6: Rina Ferrarelli’s The Bread We Ate: Looking Back in Order to Move Forward?
Chapter 7: Maria Mazziotti Gillan’s Where I Come From: Making Connections and Passing Them On
Chapter 8: Beyond “Pizza” and “Nonna”! Or, Further Directions for Italian/American Textual Criticism and Cultural Studies
Index of Names
About the Author