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American Woman, Italian Style
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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. The status of modern Italian-American women in the United States isnoteworthy: their quiet and continued growth into respected positions in the professional worlds of law and medicine surpasses the success achieved in that of the general population-so too does their educational attainment and income.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 selfconscious 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 collectionbrings 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Education, Work, and Home Life
  2. pp. 13-14
  1. Narratives of Nine Italian-American Women: Childhood, Work, and Marriage
  2. pp. 15-31
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  1. ‘‘Why, It’s Mother’’: The Italian Mothers’ Clubs of New York
  2. pp. 32-46
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  1. Connecting Spheres: Women’s Work and Women’s Lives in Milwaukee’s Italian Third Ward
  2. pp. 47-56
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  1. Education in the Autobiographies of Four Italian Women Immigrants
  2. pp. 57-77
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  1. Traditional Roles and Modern Work Patterns: Italian-American Women in New York City
  2. pp. 78-86
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  1. Italian Americans, 1990–2000: A Demographic Analysis of National Data
  2. pp. 87-97
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  1. Italian-Jewish Intermarriage: The Italian-American Spouse
  2. pp. 98-109
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  1. Gender Relations among Italian Americans
  2. pp. 110-120
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  1. Food, Recipes, Cookbooks, and Italian-American Life: An Introduction
  2. pp. 121-122
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  1. The Tradition of Invention: Reading History through La cucina casareccia napoletana
  2. pp. 123-132
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  1. Italian-American Cookbooks: From Oral to Print Culture
  2. pp. 133-141
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  1. Immigrant Kitchens, Community Cookbooks, and Italian-American Life: An Introduction
  2. pp. 142-142
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  1. A Taste of Memories
  2. pp. 143-149
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  1. The Italian Immigrant Kitchen: A Journey into Identity
  2. pp. 150-156
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  1. Literature
  2. pp. 157-158
  1. Transformation in the Verbal Art of Clementina Todesco
  2. pp. 159-165
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  1. The Novels of Mari Tomasi
  2. pp. 166-176
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  1. Breaking the Silence: An Interview with Tina De Rosa
  2. pp. 177-201
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  1. Lucy Mancini: The New Woman
  2. pp. 202-205
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  1. Foodways in Italian-American Narrative
  2. pp. 206-214
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  1. In Our Ears, a Voice: The Persistence of the Trauma of Immigrationin Blue Italian and Umbertina
  2. pp. 215-224
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  1. Mary Caponegro, Prize-Winning American Writer in Rome
  2. pp. 225-231
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  1. Mary di Michele’s Elegies
  2. pp. 232-239
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  1. Interview with Sandra (Mortola) Gilbert
  2. pp. 240-249
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  1. Simona Griffo, Detective Hero: A Series of ‘‘Troublems’’
  2. pp. 250-259
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  1. Writing Life, Writing History: Italian-American Women and the Memoir
  2. pp. 260-268
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  1. Art, Music, and Film
  2. pp. 269-270
  1. Concetta Scaravaglione, Italian-American Sculptor
  2. pp. 271-283
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  1. Rosa Ponselle, Incomparable Diva
  2. pp. 284-299
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  1. Nancy Savoca: An Appreciation
  2. pp. 300-304
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  1. Studies about Italian-American Women
  2. pp. 305-306
  1. Italian-American Women: A Review Essay
  2. pp. 307-332
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  1. Materials from Arno Press: The Italian-American Woman
  2. pp. 333-336
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  1. Italian Women in America: Sources for Study
  2. pp. 337-348
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 349-354
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 355-363
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