The Italian American Heritage: A Companion to Literature and Arts (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities)

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9780815303800: The Italian American Heritage: A Companion to Literature and Arts (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities)

The many available scholarly works on Italian-Americans are perhaps of little practical help to the undergraduate or high school student who needs background information when reading contemporary fiction with Italian characters, watching films that require a familiarity with Italian Americans, or looking at works of art that can be fully appreciated only if one understands Italian culture. This basic reference work for non-specialists and students offers quick insights and essential, easy-to-grasp information on Italian-American contributions to American art, music, literature, motion pictures and cultural life. This rich legacy is examined in a collection of original essays that include portrayals of Italian characters in the films of Francis Coppola, Italian American poetry, the art of Frank Stella, the music of Frank Zappa, a survey of Italian folk customs and an analysis of the evolution of Italian-American biography. Comprising 22 lengthy essays written specifically for this volume, the book identifies what is uniquely Italian in American life and examines how Italian customs, traditions, social mores and cultural antecedents have wrought their influence on the American character. Filled with insights, observations and ethnic facts and fictions, this volume should prove to be a valuable source of information for scholars, researchers and students interested in pinpointing and examining the cultural, intellectual and social influence of Italian immigrants and their successors.

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About the Author:

Pellegrino D'Acierno is Professor of Italian and

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A new series included within the "Garland Reference Library of the Humanities" addresses the need for source material in the growing field of multicultural studies. Editor-in-chief Leonard, a professor of interdisciplinary humanities at San Francisco State University, predicts that "[i]n the next few years reference librarians will be besieged by people seeking answers to new questions" on this subject. He offers an eclectic mix of formal analyses and personal essays by well-credentialed scholars and artists who often share the ethnic heritage they discuss. Each piece concludes with a list of material for further reading, and each volume includes a lexicon of commonly used terms and a descriptive chronology with statistics documenting the culture's contributions to American society. Some essays describe the complex immigrant experience and the evolving influence of the country of origin through succeeding generations. Others discuss musicians, filmmakers, writers, and other creative artists in relation to their ethnic backgrounds. The volume on Asian Pacific Americans also has short articles on practical subjects like Asian naming systems and regional cuisines. Given the tremendous range of topics covered, both volumes are highly readable and informative. The detailed indexes, which oddly do not analyze the descriptive chronologies, make the books somewhat useful as ready-reference sources. However, their best application would be as introductory anthologies or even textbooks. Recommended for libraries at universities with multicultural studies programs.AVivian Reed, Long Beach P.L., CA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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