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Integrating history, literary criticism, and cultural studies, Imagining Italians vividly tells the story of two voyages across the Atlantic: America’s cultural pilgrimage to Italy and the Italian “racial odyssey” in America. It examines how American representations of Italy, Italians, and Italian Americans engaged with national debates over immigration, race, and national identity during the period 1880–1910. Joseph P. Cosco offers a close analysis of selected works by immigrant journalists Jacob Riis and Edward Steiner and American iconographic writers Henry James and Mark Twain. Exploring their Italian depictions in journalism, photos, travel narratives, and fiction, he rediscovers the forgotten Edward Steiner and offers fresh readings of Riis’s reform efforts and photography, James’s The Golden Bowl and The American Scene, and Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. p. vii
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  1. LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
  2. p. ix
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  1. INTRODUCTION: Magnificently Miserable Italians and Their Wretched, Princely Italy
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. 1. JACOB RIIS: IMMIGRANTS OLD AND NEW, AND THE MAKING OF AMERICANS
  2. pp. 21-60
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  1. 2. EDWARD STEINER: ALL IS (NOT) RACE?
  2. pp. 61-86
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  1. 3. HENRY JAMES’S PICTURESQUE PEASANTS: HEROES OF ROMANCE OR MODERN MEN?
  2. pp. 87-111
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  1. 4. HENRY JAMES’S “FLAGRANT FOREIGNERS”: WHOSE COUNTRY IS THIS ANYWAY?
  2. pp. 113-142
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  1. 5. MARK TWAIN: RACISM, NATIVISM, AND THE TWINNING OF ITALIANNESS
  2. pp. 143-170
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  1. CONCLUSION: THE FIGHT FOR WHITENESS
  2. pp. 171-178
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 179-206
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  1. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 207-226
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 227-231
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780791486627
Print ISBN
9780791457610
MARC Record
OCLC
56408522
Pages
243
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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