American Woman, Italian Style: Italian Americana's Best Writings on Women
by Carol Bonomo Albright (9780823231751)

American Woman, Italian Style: Italian Americana's Best Writings on Women
 
Carol Bonomo Albright
Release Date: 12 June 2010
Format: Hardback
Pages: 363
Category: Ethnic Studies
ISBN: 9780823231751
ISBN-10: 0823231755



For many Americans, the phrase "Italian woman" brings to mind one of two images: an olive-skinned supermodel sporting the latest haute couture fashion, or a big, jolly mama cooking for her family. Yet these two stereotypes do little to illuminate the diversity and complexity of the contemporary Italian-American experience. With writings that span more than thirty-five years, American Woman, Italian Style is a rich collection of essays that fleshes out the realities of today's Italian American women and explores the myriad ways they continue to add to the American experience.Contributions include Donna Gabaccia on the oral-to-written history of cookbooks, Carol Helstosky on the Tradition of Invention, an interview with Sandra Gilbert, Paul Levitt's look at Lucy Mancini as a metaphor for the modern world, William Egelman's survey of women's work patterns, and Edvige Giunta on the importance of a self-conscious understanding of memory. There are explorations of Jewish-Italian intermarriages and interpretations of entrepreneurship in Milwaukee. Readers will find challenges to common assumptions and stereotypes, departures from normal samplings, and springboards to further research.American Woman, Italian Style: Italian Americana's Best Writings on Women offers unique insights into issues of gender and ethnicity and is a voice for the less-heard and less-seen side of the Italian-American experience from immigrant times to the present. Instead of seeking consensus or ideological orthodoxy, this collection brings together writers with a wide range of backgrounds, outlooks, ideas, and experiences. It is an impressive postmodern collection for interdisciplinary studies: a book and a look about being and becoming an American.

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