Selected Critical and
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- Alfonsi, Ferdinando. Italian-american Poetry: Poesia
Italo-americana. Catanzaro, Italy: Carello Editore, 1991.
- [This bilingual publication contains essays on and a
bibliography of Italian-American poetry and essays on the following poets: Ferdinando
Alfonsi, Arthur Clements, Maria Gillan, Joseph Greco and Joseph Tuccio. Also included is a
supplement to his anthology of Italian-American poets.]
- Cordasco, Francesco and Salvatore LaGumina. Italians in the United
States: a Bibliography of Reports, Texts, Critical Studies and Related Materials. New
York: Oriole Editions, 1972.
- [One of the first major bibliographies covering all aspects of
- Del Giudice, Luisa. Studies in Italian-american Folklore.
Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 1993.
- [A collection of six exemplary essays on a variety of aspects
of Italian-American folk culture. This collection pays attention to regional differences,
and smashes through the stereotypes of both old and new world Italian cultures. The
bibliography is thorough.]
- Gardaphé, Fred L. Dagoes Read: Tradition and the Italian-american
Writer. Toronto and New York: Guernica Editions, 1995.
- [A collection of ten years of critical and feature writings on
Italian/American literary and culture.]
- ---. Italian Signs, American Streets: Reading Italian-american
Prose. Raleigh Durham, NC: Duke University Press, forthcoming 1996.
- [A critical study of the evolution of Italian-American
narrative from its beginnings in oral traditions, through immigrant narratives, through to
contemporary modern and postmodern contributions.]
- Giordano, Paolo A., ed. Joseph Tusiani: Poet, Translator, Humanist.
West Lafayette, IN: VIA Folios, 1994.
- [A collection of critical essays on the work of Joseph
- Green, Rose Basile. The Italian-American Novel. Cranbury, NJ:
Associated University Press, 1974.
- [The first major presentation of the contribution of American
novelists of Italian descent. This work is the foundation upon which nearly all criticism
of Italian-American literature is built. The largest collection of plot summaries of
Italian-American novels published before 1974.]
- Hobbie, Margaret, Compiler. Italian-American Material Culture.
Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992.
- [After an "Introduction" that summarily surveys
Italian presence in the United States and Canada, Hobbie presents a compilation of
collections complete with all the information necessary to access the incredibly rich
resources around the country; she Includes a listing and description of sites of
importance to Italian North American culture.]
- Malpezzi, Frances and William M. Clements. Italian-american
Folklore. Little Rock, AR: August House, 1992.
- [An excellent introduction to and survey of elements of
Italian-American folk culture. Contains an thorough and quite useful bibliography.]
- Mangione, Jerre and Ben Morreale. La Storia. New York:
- [Covering five centuries of the Italian-American experience,
this is result of more than a collected century of the authors' gathering, digesting and
disseminating information on Italian/American culture. Combines historical narrative with
- Mathias, Elizabeth and Richard Raspa. Italian Folktales in
America. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1985.
- [A presentation and analysis of the folk tales and personal
oral narratives of Clementina Todesco who immigrated to America in the early 1930s from a
village in northern Italy.]
- Parrino, Maria, ed. Italian-American Autobiographies.
Providence, RI: Italian Americana Publications, 1993.
- [Introduced by Richard Gambino, this publication includes an
essay by Parrino entitled "The Uses of Autobiography," along with three short
autobiographies by immigrants and children of Italian immigrants.]
- Peragallo, Olga. Italian American Authors and Their Contribution
to American Literature. New York: S.F. Vanni, 1949.
- [The first attempt to list the accomplishments of American
writers of Italian descent.]
- Tamburri, Anthony J. To Hyphenate or Not to Hyphenate: the
Italian-American Writer: an "Other American." Montreal: Guernica Editions,
- [In this essay, Tamburri not only offers an explanation of our
use of the hyphen, he questions the arbitrary construction of rules which most of us take
for granted. In that questioning he reveals how they contribute to the distance our
society has created among its cultures. A manifesto of sorts, this essay advocates the
place of Italian-American writers in American literary culture.]
- Vitiello, Justin. Poetics and Literature of the Sicilian Diaspora.
Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1993.
- [This reading of Sicily through oral histories of people of
the village of Trapetto bridges American and Sicilian cultures. It is a thorough
presentation and analysis of the oral and literary traditions of Sicilian culture.]
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