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Berlitz Italian Picture Dictionary

1 Berlitz Italian Picture Dictionary

128 pages, 8 1/2 x 9 1/2, paperback, Berlitz
With more than 1000 colorful entries, the Berlitz Kids Picture Dictionaries offer children a source of alphabetized words that will spark curiosity and enhance language learning. These lively and entertaining dictionaries are filled with terms every child wants to know, including colors, shapes, numbers, family members, foods, and animals. Illustrated by award-winning Chris Demarest with lovable characters in hilarious situations, these basic reference books are as fun as they are useful. Available for children learning French, German, Italian, Spanish, and English for Spanish Speakers.
Price: 12.95 USD

Good Americans: Italian and Jewish Immigrants During the First World War, Christopher M. Sterba

2 Good Americans: Italian and Jewish Immigrants During the First World War
Christopher M. Sterba
288 pages, 6 x 9 1/4, 7 halftones, paperback, Oxford University Press
Among the Americans who joined the ranks of the Doughboys fighting World War I were thousands of America's newest residents. Good Americans examines the contributions of Italian and Jewish immigrants, both on the homefront and overseas, in the Great War. While residing in strong, insular communities, both groups faced a barrage of demands to participate in a conflict that had been raging in their home countries for nearly three years. Italians and Jews "did their bit" in relief, recruitment, conservation, and war bond campaigns, while immigrants and second-generation ethnic soldiers fought on the Western front. Within a year of the Armistice, they found themselves redefined as foreigners and perceived as a major threat to American life, rather than remembered as participants in its defense. Wartime experiences, Christopher Sterba argues, served to deeply politicize first and second generation immigrants, greatly accelerating their transformation from relatively powerless newcomers to a major political force in the United States during the New Deal and beyond.

About Author
Christopher M. Sterba received his Ph.D. in American history from Brandeis University and lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

"A well-researched and well-argued monograph. For anyone interested in immigration, urban or, World War One history."--H-Net Reviews

"Good Americans provides rich detail on the role of the state and federal government, especially the military, in the lives of ordinary immigrants."-- American Jewish History
Price: 24.95 USD

Italian American: The Racializing of an Ethnic Identity, David A. J. Richards

3 Italian American: The Racializing of an Ethnic Identity
David A. J. Richards
288 pages, 9 x 6, cloth, New York University Press
When southern Italians began emigrating to the U.S. in large numbers in the 1870s-part of the "new immigration" from southern and eastern rather than northern Europe-they were seen as racially inferior, what David A. J. Richards terms "nonvisibly" black.
The first study of its kind, Italian American explores the acculturation process of Italian immigrants in terms of then-current patterns of European and American racism. Delving into the political and legal context of flawed liberal nationalism both in Italy (the Risorgimento) and the United States (Reconstruction Amendments), Richards examines why Italian Americans were so reluctant to influence depictions of themselves and their own collective identity. He argues that American racism could not have had the durability or political power it has had either in the popular understanding or in the corruption of constitutional ideals unless many new immigrants, themselves often regarded as racially inferior, had been drawn into accepting and supporting many of the terms of American racism.
With its unprecedented focus on Italian American identity and an interdisciplinary approach to comparative culture and law, this timely study sheds important light on the history and contemporary importance of identity and multicultural politics in American political and constitutional debate.

About Author
Author of numerous books including Conscience and the Constitution: History, Theory, and Law of the Reconstruction Amendments and Women, Gays, and the Constitution: The Grounds of Feminism and Gay Rights in Culture and Law, David A. J. Richards is Edwin D. Webb Professor of Law at New York University.
Price: 55.00 USD



4 Italy's Many Diasporas
Donna R. Gabaccia
269 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, notes, index, paperback, University of Washington Press
Italians are a migratory people. Since 1800 over 27 million Italians have left home, but over half have returned to Italy. As cosmopolitans, exiles, and "workers of the world," they transformed their homeland and many of the countries where they worked or settled abroad.
Drawing on a wide range of studies of Italian migrants to a dozen different countries, Gabaccia puts the modern Italian diaspora in historical context, charting the emergence of this once regionally fragmented diaspora as a nationally conscious cultural group.
Italy's Many Diasporas provides an ambitious and theoretically innovative overview, examining the social, cultural, and economic integration of Italian migrants. It explores their complex yet distinctive identity and their relationship with their homeland.

"Gabaccia's study is nothing short of sweeping. Beginning with the migrations of political revolutionaries in the Napoleonic era and moving on to the mass migration of peasants and artisans in the early twentieth century and to the guest workers and returners in the decades after World War II, Gabaccia has traced an intricate, richly nuanced history of labor, revolution, family, and mobility. . . . [This book] is an exceptional work of synthesis and original scholarship." - Journal of American Ethnic History

Table of Contents
List of tables
Foreword by the Series Editor
1) Before Italians: making Italian culture at home and abroad
2) Making Italians at home and abroad, 1790-1893
3) Workers of the World, 1870-1914
4) Transnationalism as a way of working-class life
5) Nationalism and internationalism in Italy's proletarian diasporas, 1870-1914
6) Nation, empire, and diaspora: fascism and its opponents
7) Postwar Italy: from sending to receiving nation
8) Civilta italiana and the making of multi-ethnic nations
Price: 22.00 USD

The Italian American Family Album, Dorothy Hoobler and Thomas Hoobler; introduction by Mario M. Cuomo

5 The Italian American Family Album
Dorothy Hoobler and Thomas Hoobler; introduction by Mario M. Cuomo
128 pages, 8 1/2 x 11, 134 b/w illus., Oxford University Press
An Italian immigrant says, "I came to America because I heard the streets were paved with gold. When I got here, I found out three things: first, the streets weren't paved with gold; second, they weren't paved at all; and third, I was expected to pave them."
Against all odds--a new language, new customs, and the ethnic slurs and catcalls of prejudice--Italian Americans paved the streets, rolled the cigars, sewed the clothes, cooked the meals, and did all manner of back-breaking work to build a new life in Lamerica , the land of success. The Italian American Family Album brings us into the heart of those immigrants' experiences. Through diaries, letters, interviews, and articles from magazines and newspapers we share the ordeals and the triumphs of the Italian American first setting foot on his new homeland.
These personal accounts and family photographs of scores of Italian American families tell inspiring and courageous stories of hardship and suffering. In the late nineteenth and earl twentieth century, the journey across the Atlantic was remembered by many as the via dolorosa , the "sorrowful way." And even after arriving in the new homeland and successfully getting through immigration, finding a job and a place to live, and learning new ways of doing almost everything was a challenge. But there was joy in the new country, as well. The new arrivals were embraced by a community of fellow Italians with a grand sense of humor, an intense appreciation of music, and an even greater appreciation of good food. Life for the newcomer was full of old traditions and pleasure, and we hear first-hand how the old ways endured even as new philosophies and customs were embraced daily. Through the stories of the children of those early immigrants--writers Gay Talese and John Ciardi, entertainers like Tony Bennett, baseball great Yogi Berra, and others not famous, but still proud to call themselves Italian Americans--we see how family pride and strong ties to the old country survive even today.
As Governor Mario Cuomo says in his introduction: "I have always been intensely proud that I am the son of Italian immigrants and that my Italian heritage helped make me the man I am." That pride and the unique experiences of the early Italian Americans are an integral part of our country's history. Through the memories and photographs from the albums of generations of Italian families we meet real people, cut of the same cloth as we are--a many-colored and multi-textured cloth of ethnic customs, languages, traditions, and memories. We are a nation of immigrants, and The Italian American Family Album belongs to each of us.

About Author
Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler have published over 60 books for children and adults and have been honored by the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the Society for School Librarians International. They live in New York City.

Selected as a 1994 "Best Books for Young Adults" by the New York Public Library

"Carefully researched.... It has an enticing open format and is lavishly illustrated with interesting photographs."--School Library Journal

"This is one book every Italian American family should own. The narratives, interviews, and photographs of the Italian experience in both Italy and America define not only who we were but what we should never forget."--Unione (Italian Sons and Daughters of America)

"An easy-to-read introduction to Italian American history that is especially recommended for young Italian Americans who want to learn about their heritage."--National Italian American Foundation

"This easy-to-understand overview of the immigrant experience of Italian Americans and some of their unique contributions to the United States includes anecdotes, oral history segments, and fascianting photographs."--Commonweal

"An engaging, easy-to-read compilation of tales from Italians who emigrated to America or from the relatives of those immigrants, and accompanying narrative."--The South Philadelphia Review
Price: 16.95 USD

Italian Picture Word Book, edited by Hayward Cirker; illustrated by Barbara Steadman.

6 Italian Picture Word Book
edited by Hayward Cirker; illustrated by Barbara Steadman.
32 pages, 8 1/4 x 11, chiefly ill., paperback, Dover Publications
Learn Over 500 Commonly Used Italian Words Through Pictures

Delightful learning aid contains 15 scenes of home, school, farm, beach, other environments with dozens of objects labeled in Italian.
Price: 3.95 USD

Early Modern Italy 1550-1796, Edited by John A. Marino

7 Early Modern Italy 1550-1796
Edited by John A. Marino
330 pages, 2 maps, paperback, Oxford University Press
Early Modern Italian history has traditionally been presented in the context of the absence of a unified Italian state, foreign domination and of relative decline to former wealth and power. This new volume calls on a wealth of recent research to portray the complex history of the early modern Italian states on their own terms. A leading team of historians traces Italian material and cultural bonds of identity and solidarity beyond their common political narrative - from the Reformation through the hopes and frustrations of reform, renewal and restructuring of social and economic power to the eventual collapse of the Old Regime.

"The essays are lively and concise, and provide newcomers to Italian history with an informative survey of recent approaches and updates to some of its 'forgotten centuries."-- Sixteenth Century Journal
Price: 29.95 USD



8 Forging the Chain Italian Migration to North America : A Case Study of Italian Migration to North America, 1880-1930
Franc Sturino
277 pages, 9 x 6 1/2, hardback, Multicultural History Society of Ontario

Price: 19.95 USD

Italian-American Folklore: Proverbs, Songs, Games, Folktales, Foodways, Superstitions, Folk Remedies and More, Frances M. Malpezzi & William M. Clements

9 Italian-American Folklore: Proverbs, Songs, Games, Folktales, Foodways, Superstitions, Folk Remedies and More
Frances M. Malpezzi & William M. Clements
photographs, bibliography, and index, paperback, August House, Inc.
Italian-Americans compose one of the largest ethnic groups in the United States, numbering more than 14 million in the 1990 census. Though they have often been portrayed in fiction and film, these images are often based on stereotypes not borne out among the immigrant and assimilated population.
Italian-American Folklore draws its material directly from Americans of Italian descent in both urban and rural communities. Clements, a professor of folklore, and Malpezzi, a teacher and third-generation Italian-American, gathered their material through interviews, journals, and other primary sources.
The result is a book that, while strongly anchored in scholarship, is readable, entertaining, and illuminating. Chapters on folk speech, superstitions, folk medicine, games, and more tell of customs common to Italian-American provinces, and how those differences have traveled to Italian-American communities as well.

About Author
Frances M. Malpezzi grew up in an Italian-American family in the ethnically diverse community of Masontown, Pennsylvania. She attended California University of Pennsylvania and received her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. William M. Clements grew up in Texas and received his Ph.D. in folklore from Indiana University.

"A colorful overview of the folkways of Italian Immigrants and their descendants in the United States." —Library Journal

"The entire gamut of expressive culture is examined. From festivals and holidays to superstitions and narratives, the entire work is underpinned with sensitive fieldwork experience and a broad reading of the academic literature which combine to give the reader a satisfying entrée into an ethnic culture that is often inaccessible to outsiders.... The material is inherently interesting to anyone who has ever enjoyed a slice of pizza (is there an American who hasn't?) and should find an audience among both general readers and academics." —MultiCultural Review

"Those who grew up listening to folktales and proverbs or hearing about St. Joseph's Day food offerings and the `evil eye' may page through this work for the fun of it or even because, as the authors note, such traditions `help people know who they are.'" —Publishers Weekly
Price: 14.95 USD

Italians in the Deep South, Frank Fede

10 Italians in the Deep South
Frank Fede
386 pages, 8 x 9 1/2, hardback, Starrhill Press
Second edition of history of Italian Americans in Birmingham.
Price: 39.95 USD

Leaving Little Italy: Essaying Italian American Culture, Fred L. Gardaphe.

11 Leaving Little Italy: Essaying Italian American Culture
Fred L. Gardaphe.
195 pages, paperback, State University of New York Press
Provides an overview of the past, present, and future of Italian American culture.
Leaving Little Italy explores the various forces that have shaped and continue to mold Italian American culture. Early chapters offer a historical survey of major developments in Italian American culture, from the early mass immigration period to the present day, situating these developments within the larger framework of American culture as a whole. Subsequent chapters examine particular works of Italian American literature and film from a variety of perspectives, including literary history, gender, social class, autobiography, and race. Paying particular attention to how the individual artist's personality has intersected with community in the shaping of Italian American culture, the book reveals how and why Italian America was invented and why Little Italys must ultimately disappear.

About Author
Fred L. Gardaphe directs the American and Italian/American Studies Programs at Stony Brook University, State University of New York. He is the author and editor of many books, including Italian Signs, American Streets: The Evolution of Italian American Narrative; Dagoes Read: Tradition and the Italian/American Writer; and From the Margin: Writings in Italian Americana.

"Absorbing from beginning to end, this book is original, well informed, insightful, and comprehensive. It represents not only a disciplinary history but also a history of the materials that make up the objects of study, e.g., fiction, poetry, memoir, lifestyle, etc. The range of reference is extraordinary. No American—and possibly no Italian—knows more than Gardaphe about the field. Gardaphe is the dean of Italian American Studies." — John Paul Russo, University of Miami

"Gardaphe provides a complete 'history' of Italian/American criticism, while, at the same time, introducing material on new topics, such as whiteness, food, and city vs. suburb." — Anthony Julian Tamburri, author of A Semiotic of Ethnicity: In (Re)cognition of the Italian/American Writer

Table of Contents
Part I. A Historical Survey
1. The Southern Answer: Making Little Italys
2. Inventing Italian America
3. Mythologies of Italian America: From Little Italys to Suburbs
Part II. Thematic Essays
4. Left Out: Three Italian American Writers of the 1930s
5. The Consequences of Class in Italian American Culture
6. Variations of Italian American Women's Autobiography
7. Criticism as Autobiography
8. We Weren't Always White: Race and Ethnicity in Italian American Literature
9. Linguine and Lust: Notes on Food and Sex in Italian American Culture
Conclusion: Leaving Little Italy: Legacies Real and Imagined
Works Cited
Price: 21.95 USD

Rosa: The Life of an Italian Immigrant [2nd edition], Marie Hall Ets; with a Foreword by Rudolph Vecoli and a new introduction by Helen Barolini

12 Rosa: The Life of an Italian Immigrant [2nd edition]
Marie Hall Ets; with a Foreword by Rudolph Vecoli and a new introduction by Helen Barolini
272 pages, 6 x 9, paperback, University of Wisconsin Press
This is the life story of Rosa Cavalleri, an Italian woman who came to the United States in 1884, one of the peak years in the nineteenth-century wave of immigration. A vivid, richly detailed account, the narrative traces Rosa's life in an Italian peasant village and later in Chicago. Marie Hall Ets, a social worker and friend of Rosa's at the Chicago Commons settlement house during the years following World War I, meticulously wrote down her lively stories to create this book.
Rosa was born in a silk-making village in Lombardy, a major source of north Italian emigration; she first set foot in the United States at the Castle Garden immigrant depot on the tip of Manhattan. Her life in this country was hard and Ets chronicles it in eloquent detail-Rosa endures a marriage at sixteen to an abusive older man, an unwilling migration to a Missouri mining town, and the unassisted birth of a child, and manages to escape from a husband who tried to force her into prostitution. Rosa's exuberant personality, remarkable spirit, and ability as a storyteller distinguish this book, a unique contribution to the annals of U.S. immigration.

About Author
Marie Hall Ets [1895–1984] won a Caldecott Medal for the book Nine Days to Christmas.

"Rosa Cavalleri [is] a gifted storyteller."—Library Journal

"A vital record of another part of America's past."—Library St. Paul Pioneer Press
Price: 16.95 USD

Italians in Michigan, Russell M. Magnaghi.

13 Italians in Michigan
Russell M. Magnaghi.
70 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, Notes, bibliography, index, illus., paperback, Michigan State University Press
For more than 350 years, Italian immigrants have played important roles in the opening and development of the land that is now Michigan, from their participation in the French fur trade up to the present day. Through an emphasis on the family as the essential institution in ethnic group success, Russell M. Magnaghi celebrates the accomplishments of Michigan's famous and not-so-famous Italian sons and daughters as he documents their struggles and achievements. Through the tenacity and hard work of the immigrants and their descendents, Italians in Michigan have progressed from unskilled laborers to some of the highest positions in business, politics, culture, and education.

About Author
Russell M. Magnaghi teaches history at Northern Michigan University. He is the author of A Sense of Place: Michigan's Upper Peninsula: Essays in Honor of William & Margery Vandament.
Price: 11.95 USD



14 From Paesani to White Ethnics: The Italian Experience in Philadelphia
Stefano Luconi
264 pages, paperback / softcover, SUNY Press
Examines the transformations of Italian American ethnic identity in twentieth-century Philadelphia.
From Paesani to White Ethnics analyzes the process by which people of Italian descent renegotiated their sense of community and ethnic self-perception in Philadelphia from the late nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth. At the turn of the century, Italian immigrants who arrived in Philadelphia originally formed allegiances and social clusters based on their localistic, provincial, or regional ties. By the late 1930s, however, the emergence of Italian nationalism together with the end of mass immigration from Italy and the appearance of an American-born second generation of individuals with loose ties to the land of their parents contributed to bring together Italian Americans from disparate local backgrounds and helped them to develop a common national identity that they had lacked upon arrival in the United States. Luconi explains how Italian Americans continued to distance themselves from other European minorities throughout the early postwar years until ethnic defensiveness against the alleged encroachments of African Americans as well as racial tensions over housing forced them to extend the boundaries of their ethnic identity in the 1960s and to redefine it within the broader context of the white ethnic movement. This process climaxed as Philadelphia polarized along racial lines on issues such as public education and crime in the late 1960s and at the time of Frank Rizzo's mayoral campaigns in the 1970s and 1980s.

About Author
Stefano Luconi is Adjunct Professor of History of North America at the University of Florence, Italy.

“Stefano Luconi delivers a compelling study of twentieth-century identity and politics. Focusing on key historical moments, Luconi traces political and personal enactments of race relations. His incisive investigation of the mayoral tenure and many campaigns of Police Commissioner Frank L. Rizzo during the 1970s and '80s is especially astute.” — Publishers Weekly

"This is the first major study of an Italian American community across the entire twentieth century and it challenges a number of perceptions held by the public and scholars. Luconi's thesis about the evolution of Italian American identity is focused and crisply presented, and his research is first-rate." -- Philip V. Cannistraro, Queens College, The City University of New York

Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Ethnicity as a Social Construction and the Case of Italian Americans
2. The Transposition of Subnational Identities
3. The Development of a National Identity
4, Italianness in the Depression Years
5. The Impact of World War II and Its Aftermath
6. From Italian Americans to White Ethnics
7. Conclusion
Price: 22.95 USD

Producing Culture and Capital: Family Firms in Italy, Sylvia Junko Yanagisako

15 Producing Culture and Capital: Family Firms in Italy
Sylvia Junko Yanagisako
248 pages, 6 x 9, 1 map. 5 line illus., paperback, Princeton University Press
Producing Culture and Capital is a major theoretical contribution to the anthropological literature on capitalism, as well as a rich case study of kinship and gender relations in northern Italy.
Drawing on ethnographic and archival research on thirty-eight firms in northern Italy's silk industry, Sylvia Yanagisako illuminates the cultural processes through which sentiments, desires, and commitments motivate and shape capitalist family firms. She shows how flexible specialization is produced through the cultural dynamics of capital accumulation, management succession, firm expansion and diversification, and the reproduction and division of firms. In doing so, Yanagisako addresses two gaps in Marx's and Weber's theories of capitalism: the absence of an adequate cultural theory of capitalist motivation and the absence of attention to kinship and gender. By demonstrating that kinship and gender are crucial in structuring capitalist action, this study reveals these two gaps to be different facets of the same omission. A process-oriented approach to class formation and class subjectivity enables the author to incorporate the material and ideological struggles within families into an analysis of class-making and self-making.
Yanagisako concludes that both "provincial" and "global" capitalist orientations and strategies operate in an industry that has always been integrated into regional and international relations of production and distribution. Her approach to culture and capitalism as mutually constituted processes offers an alternative to both universal models of capitalism as a mode of production and essentialist models of distinctive "cultures of capitalism."

"A welcome and refreshing addition to the existing literature."--Anna Centro Bull, Anthropological Quarterly

"[An] engaging, provocative, and important book."--Victoria Goddard, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

"Yanagisako develops an important theoretical critique of both Marxist and Weberian analyses of capitalism. Her study is especially trenchant with regard to entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial culture. Along the way, Yanagisako raises questions about kinship, and we discover that betrayal and estrangement are as integral to the workings of kin relations as are trust and solidarity."--Jane Schneider, City University of New York

"This book masterfully brings together data and theory in such a way that one does not colonize the other but constantly questions and deepens it. This kind of anthropological work takes time to accomplish; Yanagisako has gone against the grain to produce a work of enduring value."--Donald D. Donham, Emory University

"Producing Culture and Capital is a long-awaited book that delivers on its promises. It offers both a sustained theoretical argument and a detailed case study of the silk industry in northern Italy. Consequently, it provides one of the rare examples of a detailed study of modern capitalism from an anthropological perspective. Clearly written, it will be used in courses as well as widely debated and reviewed."--Paul Rabinow, University of California, Berkeley

Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tables ix
Preface and Acknowledgments xi
Chapter Six: CONCLUSION 174
Notes 191
References 205
Index 217
Price: 21.95 USD

White on Arrival: Italians, Race, Color, and Power in Chicago, 1890-1945, Thomas A. Guglielm

16 White on Arrival: Italians, Race, Color, and Power in Chicago, 1890-1945
Thomas A. Guglielm
296 pages, 6 x 9 1/4, 3 maps, 5 halftones, 2 line illus., paperback, Oxford University Press
Immigrating to the United States, Italians, like all others arriving on America's shores, were made to fill out a standardized immigration form. In the box for race, they faced two choices: North Italian or South Italian. On the line requesting information on color, they wrote simply "white." By World War II, the only option they had for race and color questions was "white."
This identification is suggestive of the many ways in which Italians became white on arrival in the United States, as Thomas A. Guglielmo demonstrates in this prize-winning book. While many suffered from racial prejudice and discrimination, they were nonetheless viewed as white, with all the privileges this color classification bestowed, in the corridors of American power--from judges to journalists, from organized labor to politicians, from race scientists to realtors.
Taking the mass Italian immigration of the late 19th century as his starting point and drawing on dozens of oral histories and a diverse array of primary sources in English and Italian, Guglielmo focuses on how perceptions of Italians' race and color were shaped in one of America's great centers of immigration and labor, Chicago. His account skillfully weaves together the major events of Chicago immigrant history--the "Chicago Color Riot" of 1919, the rise of Italian organized crime, and the rise of industrial unionism--with national and international events--such as the rise of fascism and the Italian-Ethiopian War of 1935-36--to present the story of how Italians approached, learned, and lived race. By tracking their evolving position in the city's racial hierarchy, Guglielmo reveals the impact of racial classification--both formal and informal--on immigrants' abilities to acquire homes and jobs, start families, and gain opportunities in America.
Carefully drawing the distinction between race and color, Guglielmo argues that whiteness proved Italians' most valuable asset for making it in America. Even so, Italians were reluctant to identify themselves explicitly as white until World War II. By separating examples of discrimination against Italians from the economic and social advantages they accrued from their acceptance as whites, Guglielmo counters the claims of many ethnic Americans that hard work alone enabled their extraordinary success, especially when compared to non-white groups whose upward mobility languished. A compelling story, White on Arrival contains profound implications for our understanding of race and ethnic acculturation in the United States, as well as twentieth-century immigration, urban, and political history.

About Author
Thomas A. Guglielmo is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Winner of the 2004 Frederick Jackson Turner Award of the Organization of American Historians

"An important advance in our understanding of the racial dynamics involving early twentieth-century immigrants. A major contribution that deserves to exercise a major influence on the discussion of race in the US."-- American Historical Review
Price: 24.95 USD



17 Italian Popular Tales
Thomas Frederick Crane, edited with an introduction by Jack Zipes
392 pages, 6 x 9 1/4, 1 halftone, paperback / softcover, Oxford University Press
Originally published in 1885, Italian Popular Tales is a fascinating trove of fairy tales, legends, ghost stories, nursery tales, and jests, and other oral accounts that were collected, recorded, translated, and annotated by Thomas Crane, the first folklorist to bring the riches of Italian oral tradition to the English-speaking world.
Collectors in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries unearthed a wealth of stories from around the world and published them in English translations for the delight of general readers, young and old. Sadly, most of these anthologies have long been out of print. Italian Popular Tales brings back to life this key anthology of traditional tales from the golden age of folklore discovery. Crane's monumental achievement illustrates the enormous scope of his research, incomparable to other collections in the English language. In this modern edition, Crane's love for his work shines through the scholarship just as it did more than a century ago.
The volume presents a virtually unaltered edition of this classic work that is enhanced by an authoritative Introduction by Jack Zipes. This insightful essay discusses the significance of the collection and its original collector; the original collector's methodology and translation practices; and the original period context.
Certain to be of interest to folklorists, this classic collection is also meant to delight and amuse readers, whether a parent, storyteller, teacher, student, scholar, or just someone who enjoys original stories and authentic folk wisdom.
Thomas Crane's original 1885 translation with fully told tales as well as critical analyses
These stories are no mere scholarly reference; first and foremost they are meant for pleasure
Zipes has edited and introduced Crane's material, giving it historical and biographical background

About Author
ack Zipes has been Professor of German at the University of Minnesota since 1989. He is Editorial Consultant for Children's Literature Quarterly and General Editor of Garland's Studies in Children's Literature and Culture.
Price: 27.50 USD

Feeling Italian: The Art of Ethnicity in America, Thomas J. Ferraro

18 Feeling Italian: The Art of Ethnicity in America
Thomas J. Ferraro
272 pages, paperback, New York University Press
Southern Italian emigration to the United States peaked a full century agodescendents are now fourth and fifth generation, dispersed from their old industrial neighborhoods, professionalized, and fully integrated into the melting pot. Surely the social historians are right: Italian Americans are fading into the twilight of their ethnicity. So, why is the American imagination enthralled by The Sopranos, and other portraits of Italian-ness?
Italian American identity, now a mix of history and fantasy, flesh-and-bone people and all-too-familiar caricature, still has something to teach us, including why each of us, as citizens of the U.S. twentieth century and its persisting cultures, are to some extent already Italian. Contending that the media has become the primary vehicle of Italian sensibilities, Ferraro explores a series of books, movies, paintings, and records in ten dramatic vignettes. Featured cultural artifacts run the gamut, from the paintings of Joseph Stella and the music of Frank Sinatra to The Godfathers enduring popularity and Madonnas Italian background. In a prose style as vivid as his subjects, Ferraro fashions a sardonic love song to the art and iconography of Italian America.

About Author
Thomas J. Ferraro is associate professor of English at Duke University. He is the author of Ethnic Passages and editor of Catholic Lives, Contemporary America.

Original and deeply right. There is no other book that digs so deeply into the matter at hand, and does so with such eloquence and ferocity of intellect. —Jay Parini, author of Passage to Liberty: The Story of Italian Immigration and the Rebirth of America

Ferraro maintains a breezy, journalistic style that has produced an easy and entertaining read. His work may give hope to people of other ethnicities who presently suffer from isolation and alienation on the part of the general American public."—Multicultural Review

"Ferraro traces the 'evolution and persistence' of an identifiable Italian American identity, from the time of widespread Italian immigration in the late 1800s through popular mediated portrayals of Italian Americans such as those found in The Sopranos television series. The book is an important contribution not only to Italian American studies, but to the understanding of ethnicity in the 21st-century US."—Choice

"This inspired, sophisticated, provoking book should command the attention of anybody interested in American Italianness in particular or the cultural consequences of ethnicity in general. Joseph Stella and Frank Sinatra, Maria Barbella and Giancarlo Esposito, Madonna and the good people who brought you the Corleones and Sopranos—they and others appear here, often seen in startlingly fresh ways, as creators and exemplars of the aesthetic Tom Ferraro calls 'feeling Italian.' Wise, funny, contagiously enthusiastic, Ferraro takes us far beyond the narrow pieties of the identity police or anti-defamation types as he traces the development of a widely accessible American cultural style that still bears the marks of distinctively Italian ways of making do and making sense." —Carlo Rotella, author of Good With Their Hands: Boxers, Bluesmen, and Other Characters from the Rust Belt
Price: 21.00 USD

Italian Genealogical Records: How to Use Italian Civil, Ecclesiastical, & Other Records in Family History Research, Trafford R. Cole

19 Italian Genealogical Records: How to Use Italian Civil, Ecclesiastical, & Other Records in Family History Research
Trafford R. Cole
265 pages, 8 1/2 x 8 x 11, hardback, Ancestry

Price: 34.95 USD

A Traveller's History of Italy, 7th edition, Valerio Lintner

20 A Traveller's History of Italy, 7th edition
Valerio Lintner
304 pages, 5 x 7 3/4, 5" x 7 3/4" • 304 pages • maps and line drawings • paperback, paperback, Interlink Publishing Group
A Traveller's History of Italy analyzes the development of the Italian people from pre-historic times right through to the imaginative, resourceful and fiercely independent Italians we know today.
All the major periods of Italian history are dealt with, including the Etruscans, the Romans, the communes and the city states which spawned the glories of the Renaissance. In more modern times, Unification and the development and the degeneration of the Liberal state into Fascism are covered, as well as the rise of Italy to the position it currently enjoys as a leading member of the European Community.
The Gazetteer, which is cross-referenced to the main text, highlights sites, towns, churches and cathedrals of historical importance to the visitor. For traveller's on the ground or students at their desks, this handy paperback will prove invaluable.
Valerio Lintner studied at the Universities of Reading and Bologna, and at the European University Institute in Florence. He has strong personal and cultural ties with Italy, where he lived for several years and which he now visits frequently. He is principal Lecturer at London Guildhall University.

About Author
Valerio Lintner studied at the Universities of Reading and Bologna, and at the European University Institute in Florence. He has strong personal and cultural ties with Italy, where he lived for several years and which he now visits frequently. He is principal Lecturer at London Guildhall University.

“Though it packs much information into a very small space, it is written in a light easy-to-read style which avoids the pitfalls of dryness or alternatively of forced humor…I recommend it to students and other interested in Italian history of whatever period.”—Open History

[A] unique... delightful book... provides a lively text in this small volume that goes a long way in explaining to the traveler just who has walked the stones of Rome before him."-Small Press

"A Traveller's History of Italy makes ideal 'before-you-go' reading, putting names and places in the country into proper perspective."-The Daily Telegraph (London)
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