Anti-Italianism: Essays on a Prejudice

Paperback | December 15, 2010

EditorWilliam J. Connell, Fred Gardaphé

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There has been an odd reluctance on the part of historians of the Italian American experience to confront the discrimination faced by Italians and Americans of Italian ancestry. This volume is a bold attempt by an esteemed group of scholars and writers to discuss the question openly by charting the historical and cultural boundaries of stereotypes, prejudice, and assimilation. Contributors offer a continuous series of cultural encounters and experiences in television, literature, and film that deserve the attention of anyone interested in the larger themes of American history.    

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There has been an odd reluctance on the part of historians of the Italian American experience to confront the discrimination faced by Italians and Americans of Italian ancestry. This volume is a bold attempt by an esteemed group of scholars and writers to discuss the question openly by charting the historical and cultural boundaries of...

William J. Connell holds the Joseph M. and Geraldine C. La Motta Chair in Italian Studies at Seton Hall University.  He has published numerous books on Italian history.  In 2009 he was elected a Corresponding Fellow of the Deputazione di Storia Patria per la Toscana.  Fred Gardaphé is Distinguished Professor of Literature, CUNY. He is...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.31 × 6.01 × 0.46 inPublished:December 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023010830X

ISBN - 13:9780230108301

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Introduction: Invisible People: Shadows and Light in Italian American Writing—Fred Gardaphé * Darker Aspects of Italian American Prehistory—William J. Connell * “Between White Men and Negroes”: The Perception of Southern Italian Immigrants Through the Lens of Italian Lynchings—Peter Vellon * “Utterly Faithless Specimens”: Italians in the Catholic Church in America—Peter R. D’Agostino * Perversions of Knowledge: Confronting Racist Ideologies Behind Intelligence Testing—Elizabeth G. Messina * Frank Sinatra and Notions of Tolerance: The House I Live In—Anthony Julian Tamburri * What Luigi Basco Taught America About Italian Americans—Dominic L. Candeloro * Affirmative Action for Italian Americans: The City University of New York Story—Joseph V. Scelsa * The Changing Roles of Italian American Women: Reality vs. Myth—Susanna Tardi * Prejudice and Discrimination: The Italian American Experience Yesterday and Today—Salvatore J. LaGumina * “Good Enough”: An Italian American Memoir—Joanne Detore-Nakamura * Stereotypes Sell—But We’re Not For Sale—Gina Valle * Shark Tale: “Puzza da cap’ ”: An Attempt at Ethnic Activism—Jerome Krase * If  Defamation Is Serious, Why Don't Italian American Organizations Take It Seriously?—LindaAnn Loschiavo * Transacting Guido:  Contested Meanings of an Italian American Youth Subculture—Donald Tricarico