Chiaroscuro: Essays on Identity: Revised Edition

Paperback | January 15, 1999

byHelen Barolini

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“A lively, lucid, and often extremely moving collection of essays.”—Sandra Gilbert, author of Wrongful Death: A Memoir

“Barolini’s essays moved me. Their commitment, their passion, their intelligence struck me very powerfully and made them among the most incisive essays on Italian-Americana, ethnicity, and diversity in literature that I have ever read.”—Fred Misurella, author of Understanding Milan Kundera: Public Events, Private Affairs and Short Time

Part memoir, part social commentary, and part literary criticism, Chiaroscuro is not only profoundly original but also of crucial importance in establishing the contours of an Italian-American tradition. Spanning a quarter century of work, the essays in Helen Barolini’s essays explore her personal search; literature as a formative influence; and the turning of the personal into the political. Included in Chiaroscuro is an updated re-introduction to Barolini’s American Book Award-winning collection, The Dream Book: An Anthology of Writings by Italian-American Women.

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“A lively, lucid, and often extremely moving collection of essays.”—Sandra Gilbert, author of Wrongful Death: A Memoir“Barolini’s essays moved me. Their commitment, their passion, their intelligence struck me very powerfully and made them among the most incisive essays on Italian-Americana, ethnicity, and diversity in literature that I...

Helen Barolini is author of Umbertina and five other books. From the present collection, her essay “How I Learned to Speak Italian” was selected for The Best American Essays 1998.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:January 15, 1999Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:029916084X

ISBN - 13:9780299160845

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“Needs to be on the shelves of every American Library and in the minds of every Italian American.”—Fred L. Gardaphé, Italian America